Yes, you read right. I did not have a dyslexic moment. The major portion of this post is going to be about my friends’ pets, and how furry, feathered, and scaled companions have made lockdown easier for many, including myself.
For those of you that are inclined to have Seriously-Sensitive-Susan moments, a great deal of this post is written tongue-in-cheek. The idea is not to offend, but to bring humour, and hope. Please read (and accept) it in that way.
Yesterday was a quiet day, in which I got much work done. I’m not logged in all day, but it feels to me like I get more done now than I do at the office. The Cave is tidier too because in between work, I can quickly pop in a load of laundry or do the dishes. I also started painting the magnets, but there is a slight tremor in my hands, making it difficult to stay within the lines.
The street where I live was eerily quiet, so much so that I heard my neighbour across the road’s clock chime at eleven ‘o clock. I made myself a cup of coffee in my Milan mug and shared it with my Italian colleagues in a show of solidarity.
Supper was a humble grilled cheese and tomato with some Lay’s crisps, because I have no potatoes. Even if I did, I honestly had no inclination to peel, nor fry them.
This morning I worked in Prague, drinking out of the mug Steve brought back for me when he attended a Herbalife extravaganza there a few years back. My other neighbour thought it fitting to whistle The Chicken Song while tending his garden this morning; of all things! Clearly lockdown is getting to everyone on some level.
Some of my friends have been sharing photos of their pets with me during lockdown. These pics have made me smile and have offered comfort in a way I don’t think the sharers realise. It got me thinking about something different for lockdown day, lucky number thirteen, so I put a post of Facebook asking friends to share photos of their pets with me and allow me to share them. The response was somewhat overwhelming, but every photo has evoked a response within me. I’ll admit, I was expecting the usual dogs ‘n cats ‘n birds, but there are all sorts, including snakes, squirrels and dragons. Oddly, no fishtank photos. I hope my fishy-friends haven’t decided to experiment with guppy-sushi. Also, no rabbit photos… I hope nobody is eating homegrown-rabbit-homemade-stew.
Given the number of photos, and the time it would have taken to upload them individually, I originally had collages in mind, but then I thought, there are so many amazing caption opportunities, that single photos must be uploaded. My employer has kindly sponsored some data in order for me to work from home, so I don’t want to abuse the privilege.
Instead I bought a rush one-day bundle and voila – an amazing spread of love, laughter and four-legged (well mostly) joy for all of you to enjoy! I know many of the names of these delightful animals, but will, as always, use fictional names in my blog, just in case any of you reading this fall in love with one of these cutie-pies and decides to become a pet-napper post-lockdown. Be ready for a cuteness overload!
Thank you for taking the time to trudge through this uber-long post. I hope these pets have made your lockdown a little less stressful. Last, but not least, remember that if you’re fortunate enough to have a pet, like Kassandra below, that they offer comfort and cuddles, and that you cannot contract COVID-19 from them. Love your pets as much as they love you!