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'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran. 

It's been a very tough few weeks for us as Grandad was diagnosed with Covid. It was completely unexpected as he's been very vigilant, has followed all the rules and hasn't really ventured out all that much. He didn't show any of the typical symptoms, he simply felt achey and off his food for a few days then he was hospitalized with chest pains. Fortunately he is now back home and is on the slow road to recovery. There's a lot I have to say about how his case was handled, and I'll do so in a separate post but for now all that matters is he's still with us and he's managed to keep the virus away from my Nan whilst still providing her with the daily care she needs as she's disabled following two strokes. It's so difficult being away from them, caring for Nan isn't an easy job for him when he's well so I am in awe of him doing it when he feels so ill himself. I hate how powerless I feel. 
It was a shock that Grandad's result was positive, especially as he's done more than is required in relation to the 'rules', it's really shaken me that you can abide by the rules and still catch it- maybe I naively thought the rules would keep me safe. I've instinctively wanted to shut the windows, lock the doors and never leave the house again. I wanted to hide away to ensure our little bubble is protected but that's not possible. Dan needs to work and it would be unfair of me to stop Iris going to Nursery when it makes her so happy. I've suffered with agoraphobia before and I don't want to let those demons in again. It's too hard to recover from. My step dad made an excellent point, "you can cross a road recklessly, or you can cross a road safely, though you can lessen the chances of being run over, you can't eradicate them completely" so as much as I want to shut down I'm going to try to continue the progress I've made living in the 'new normal'.

This week's picture was taken at Yorkshire Wildlife Park where they were doing a Halloween event. It was lovely to go to something catered for children as they've missed out on so much throughout this pandemic. It was a joy to surround Iris with some wonder and magic and it reminded me why it's important to keep getting out. Yorkshire Wildlife Park are doing a great job keeping their customers safe and have created such a comfortable Covid compliant environment. I think we all needed some magic this weekend.

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  1. I am sorry to hear about your grandad, so pleased that he is at home and on the road to recovery and the fact hes managed to keep it away from your nan. Sounds like getting out is just the tonic you needed. x

  2. Oh no, your poor Grandad. I hope he feels better soon. It's such a strange time at the moment isn't it. Like Clare has said, it sounds like you did need to get out and enjoy a bit of magic. It's amazing how just a few hours getting away from it all can help. #LivingArrows x

  3. I'm sorry lovely, I hope your Grandad is ok x

  4. Iris looks so happy - I love the toadstools! I'm sorry to hear about your Grandad, I hope he's on the mend soon x #LivingArrows


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