Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best
And… Always look on the bright side of life
-Everyones second favorite Monty Python movie.
There are a couple of things about this pandemic that I’ve decided I quite like…
In no particular order
Masks are just wonderful. Well, in my opinion. It’s like browsing the internet incognito… but in real life. Ha! Remember when ‘we’ used to give Muslim women shit for wearing burkas. Ha ha. Don’t we feel silly now. I could go on being a ninja forever!
2. Mountains on the horizon
These are the Magaliesburg. You can see them from my house… but only on an exceptionally clear day (usually after the rain). Without all the air pollution you could see them every day and they felt surprisingly close. Like why-don’t-we-go-there-more-often-close. It was kinda nice.
I know this has been the bane of most parents existence… and my kids aren’t really old enough to do ‘proper’ home-schooling, but its been kinda nice having them around and doing ‘stuff’ with them. Thats not to say they didn’t drive us mad from time to time… but I think we’ve found our groove now.
4. More time in the garden
I planted these at the beginning of lockdown. I thought the frost would get them before anything came of it… and there has been one night where things dipped below freezing I had to lay down some Frostguard. Looks like I will get another crop still before for-realsies winter comes.
5. Our prepper-lite experience
Although our supply chains were never really disrupted to the extent that people thought they would be *cough, toilet paper cough*. It has made more cognisant of… our reliance on other people to feed ourselves. I’ve wanted to get chickens for ages and this has now made it onto the near-term to-do list. I’ve also increased the size of my vegetable garden for next season dramatically.
6. Less death
In South Africa at least, the year-on-year death rate has come down. And I don’t mean down just a tad. It’s massively down. Corona has weirdly saved thousands of lives. Because we’re locked down we’re not murdering each other, getting drunk and smashing our cars into one another… it’s been amazing. I will definitely miss that. I’ve actually haven’t felt this safe in a really long time.