Mask Warriors.

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Photos by SJ

I had to go into the local pharmacy this morning to pick up a prescription for my daughter, the staff were all wearing face masks.

Talking at me….

I’m patiently letting them know I’m not able to understand them as I am profoundly deaf and I cannot lip read them with their masks on.

They started pointing away here and there, still talking at me, I’m close to walking out but my daughter needs this prescription.

Someone gave me a pen and paper, I write down what I’m there for and who it’s for. Hand the pen and paper back… Prescription is found and she returns, trying to talk at me again.
I’m close to feeling emotional, anxious and once again I patiently remind her that I can’t hear her or lip read her because of her mask, or any of the mask wearing staff within that shop.

She realised and finally empathised, lowered her mask and spoke to me with a smile in her eyes.

What a world of difference that made. 😏

I had to go to the bank last week to sort an issue out, the staff in there were wearing those transparent facial shields – it may have been surreal still but it was certainly a lot more “friendly” and we could still easily communicate. I’d pick that over a face mask, any day.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

During The Coronavirus…

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As I went to check my bank balance by paying the ATM a visit, I saw an elderly man impatiently waiting outside the bank as I approached. I knew it was closed due to it being a bank holiday / VE Day so decided to inform him it was closed today. He didn’t want to believe me.

I pointed at the polite notice on the bank’s door… I said that’s today. He spoke to me whilst wearing his face mask… I’d previously told myself I wouldn’t communicate with anyone wearing a mask simply because I cannot lipread them. I decided to be patient with him as he was elderly and informed him that I am deaf, that I can’t see his lips while he’s wearing the mask. He laughed.

Hmmm.

I reminded him once more the bank is/was closed and he frustratingly left to do his shopping.

After obtaining my mini statement, as I started to walk home, there was such a noise which made me look up to the sky to see what it was and there I saw, the red arrows flying over in a V formation. 💖

The best things come to those who wait?

One day, our children’s generation will be saying, “During the coronavirus….”

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Stupid-19

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My oldest daughter had not been keen to venture out at all this past week so to get her out for a walk this evening was an achievement, at her pace, within her comfort zone of course. So we headed to the local park which is just down the road from us. I was feeling pleased to see her outdoors at a very difficult time, for any one of us.

We could see a family which had stopped a short distance away in front of us and I didn’t want to hang around behind them, waiting for them to get a move on so we went around them giving them a wide berth.

My oldest daughter overheard the mother and father… and told me what they had said once we had passed them. They were Americans.

The mother was apparently telling me off for going around them, that we were not two metres away, and did I not know they were infected? That English people are so rude…. The father stopped the mother from saying any more by saying “Oi!” to her.

One, we gave them a very wide berth, wider than most would have and have done,
Two, if she wants to use the language that “we are infected” whether it’s to describe herself, her family, the town, the city or country, my daughter would like to know just why you were outside? As of today, London has 16,721 confirmed cases. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ae5dda8f86814ae99dde905d2a9070ae
If she was talking about herself, her family being infected, wtf were they doing outside?
Three, the English are rude? Erm… hello?!

Had I heard what she was venting at me, I would have turned around to her and signed “Welcome to London, England – enjoy your stay.” 🙄

Thankfully, my daughter enjoyed her quick walk, I had warned her beforehand that there are police monitoring the park so for her to actually see them there, was a strange experience. She mentioned enjoying her walk except for encountering “stupid”.

It’s a strange experience for each and every one of us. We can only deal with this the best we can.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Blue Gloves.

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Photo by SJ

Another definition for the term “Covidiots”.

There is unfortunately an increase of blue medical gloves being littered on our streets.

My local council have advised that anyone being observed littering, by an enforcement officer, will be fined.

If we could be mindful of any litter, littering, especially these blue medical gloves, regardless of whether it’s our own or others – that would help. 

These blue medical gloves are only supposed to be worn when one is potentially in direct contact with the virus / someone possibly inflected. Then one removes them and disposes of  – safely. Not for driving around in, walking in the park in as that just spreads further whatever germs are already on them. 

Please do not pick them up if you see any, but do contact your local council instead. Stay safe. ☺️

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Get Well Soon Boris!

So littlest madam was watching “Ben & Holly” this morning and we all noticed this character, how much he reminded us of Boris Johnston.
In trying to get a picture of the perfect avatar for him, this happened – Perfect timing?!

Get well soon Boris!

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~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Too Peopley Outside(!)

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Dear Diary,

To the covidiots gathering in the local parks, socialising in this glorious weather… this is how not to overreact to a stranger that may be walking / running by keeping (at least) a good social distance.

DON’T jump behind he nearest tree to avoid them.
DON’T jump behind the nearest building / shed to avoid them.
DON’T show your fear that makes them feel like a monster that may be going out for a walk or a run for exercise / their mental health purposes.

Why is it so hard for some people to be pleasantly mindful and respectful?

The sooner ALL the parks are closed, the better. The police have apparently been enforcing their powers, dispersing covidiots gathering & sunbathing elsewhere…. This deadly virus does not discriminate yet it is separating stupidity from sensibilities.

The covidiots’ overreactions is THEIR problem. That’s all I have to and need to remember.

This is sadly the perfect time for anyone wanting to or likes to be in their own world. Too peopley outside(!)

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Coronavirus 19.

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Tesco’s, Dukes Green.

Dear Diary,

I’m falling asleep much earlier at night from pure tiredness, having been tense and worried every minute of the day.
My heart sinks every time one says they have a headache, or have an innocent cough. I worry about them on top of everything and everyone else.
It is the norm to see an ambulance or two but yesterday it was the first time I felt dread seeing one creeping by, “what if?” I hoped that person would be ok regardless.
I’m waking up to worrying again, whether my family is ok, if anyone’s feeling better, checking my phone to see if there’s any news of loved ones and friends and being momentarily thankful for none. Yet I know, there will be at least one.
My day of worrying and feeling tense then starts all over again…

London has the highest rates of confirmed cases, confirmed cases in each and every neighbouring borough – that’s not counting those who have the virus and haven’t been tested.

Worse is yet to come. Stay safe, wherever you may be. 💖

To the idiots who think you/they are invincible, you need a good slap, and then some, for spreading this deadly virus – you have potentially murdered many more with your stupidity instead of saving loved ones. Other people’s loved ones also.
Shame on you covidiots.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

 

Cherished.

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For a while now, I have been missing my childhood and school friends, weren’t those the days? ☺️
Except I now feel the need to make you smile instead, by simply letting you know that I too miss you and love you – as friends. 😜
If it’s a one way street, that’s ok too, just know that I care, regardless.
Thank YOU, for always accepting me for who I am.
For sharing / making some of those cherished memories with me.
Thank YOU, to old friends and new,, for remaining besides me, for continuing to be there still.
Thank YOU also, for being one of the reasons why I smile.

💖

~ SJ (Sara Jae)