Following on from last week, here is the beginning of the next entry in OV Jeremy Thompson (S 61-65)’s Virus Diaries for Sky News…
Monday 27th April
Monday again. Where did the weekend go? “What weekend?” Karen in Spain asks us.
“Weekdays, weekends – they’re all merging into one these days.” We know what she means.
One thing certain was that Sunday should have been the London Marathon.
Last year it raised more than £66m for charity. This year it was cancelled. Instead thousands of people stepped up to try and fill the fundraising vacuum.
Among them six-year-old Dougie Cahill, our friends’ grandson. Dougie suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and he wants to raise money for research to help find a cure so he ran his own mini-marathon challenge, completing 26 laps of his grandpa’s garden in Lancashire.
He needed eight glucose tabs to keep his blood sugar levels up and a lot of encouragement from mum and dad, Rowena and Warren, but the little lad did it.
So far Dougie has raised more than £2,200 for diabetes research. Just one of many heroes trying to make a difference.
Captain Tom Moore has certainly started something.
On our regular park walk we talk about the vibrancy of the spring colours – fresh green oak leaves, the reds, pinks and blues of azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolia and bluebells.
Maybe it’s because we have time to linger and enjoy them or perhaps we’re appreciating the little things in life much more.
Either way the colours seem more vivid, the birdsong much clearer.
Passing some local pubs, now barred and bolted, I dream of the day I’ll be able to order a hand-pulled pint of best bitter.
Again it’s those things we used to take for granted that now mean such a lot.
You can read the rest of this week here.