Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.
There are no winners in this pandemic. Today I would like all of us to spare a thought for our friends with loved ones who are currently undergoing medical treatment for life-threatening illnesses. Now just imagine that you couldn’t be with your loved one in hospital due to Covid visitor restrictions. Next, imagine that hospitals and emergency services are so overwhelmed with Covid patients that medical treatment cannot be provided in a timely fashion for all those in need. That would be unbelievably traumatic. It’s happening. My heart goes out to anyone in that situation.
The pandemic has also divided us in other ways. I’m a little hurt that neither my brother or sister have seen fit to contact me in the two months since Canberra went into lockdown. I’ve texted them but so far, no response. It seems no-one can be bothered maintaining the pretence of family connectedness anymore. Or maybe they are just busy. I’m a big fan of pretence. It is a good coping strategy. Fortunately, I still have the opportunity to ring my brother and sister. When we finally talk, we will say something like “Oh, I have been meaning to phone you”, and we will pretend that we mean it. Love hurts.
Time for a song now that I’ve got all maudlin. Here’s Jimmy Cliff performing Many Rivers To Cross.
Love is complicated, especially when it is out of our control.
Be kind to yourself, ladies and gentlemen. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Love to you all.