Wear Your Sunflower.

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There are members of the public policing others when one goes outside, re their/our use or rather the lack of use, of a mask.

“Not all hidden Disabilities are visible.”

I decided to purchase 2x Sunflower lanyards, one ‘Exempt’ ID card and one ‘Hearing loss’ ID card, with 2x clear wallets to help diffuse any unwanted presumptions, to help educate others in anticipation. The other lanyard is for whoever may be out shopping, with myself since the person accompanying the lip reader is exempt, from wearing a face mask.

However, if you are deaf and the person accompanying you is also deaf, then it is appropriate to cease the use of your masks as and when since you both rely on lip reading / sign language to communicate.

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Be proactive, not reactive.
Remain kind, patient and educate.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

 

Anti-Racism Demonstrations & COVID 19.

A good friend of mine has voiced his thoughts on the anti-racism protests happening at the moment , it was and is courageous of him to do so because of his own background. He and many others, is saddened to see the violence, the rioting at which was supposedly a protest about racial inequality.

Kudos to you my friend, who wishes to remain anonymous for personal reasons, for speaking out against his own community. For standing by your own morals and values. For being you.

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This kind of behaviour will inevitably be the cause of the Coronavirus 19 second wave, except Dawn Butler, an MP, wishes for them to be exempt from any blame. No one is above the law or exempt from any social distancing rules. No one has the right to be violent and/or destructive either.

Violence and hatred gets no one anywhere. They are only rioting because there was a sense of injustice but they have gone too far now.

Other unlawful killings in the past were dealt with on the spot because justice was relatively served, they/we were satisfied. Regardless of what race or colour they/we happened to be.

For anyone to be selfish, manipulative and hypocritical about it all is very off putting. “White silence is violence” That’s just provoking. Then to say “uneducated whites” is also going too far. All because there are those who aren’t conforming under their pressure, to join them, their cause. It’s their choice and everyone has the right to choose. Just don’t manipulate everyone else and their choices to suit you / them.

I’m seeing a lot of my friends, some of whom also happen to be black, having their say now, like the post I have shared here with their permission.

It is not about racism anymore yet the race card has continued to be thrown around to try and justify their actions and the lockdown has naturally made people frustrated, the protests has given the “protesters” a way outside and they have taken that frustration outside, and unleashed it. It has turned into a mob culture and relatively, another virus. Hatred once again is at the root of it all.

Best to let these people do as they wish, let them hurt each other and blame everyone else but themselves. and the rest of us, to stay out of the way, to stay safe and well. There is a deadly virus about after all.

Stay peaceful, stay kind. Stay righteous, regardless of who you may be, where you may be.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

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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Photo by SJ

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)

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)

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)