Pause for Thought

Dear Friends,

Richard and I started our lockdown in March in Cyprus, not a  b ad place to be; places started to close a few days after we
got there but our hotel staff were great and they looked after the few of us that were there and fed us well. This now
seems a lifetime away.
The isolation of lockdown for some people has been almost unbearable and the loneliness has been a struggle.
Some found that they were good at things they had to do unexpectedly or things they enjoyed more because they had
more time. As you know I can talk a hind leg off a donkey if I am let loose so I missed having a variety of people to chat to. Yes, I chatted to my girls and the grandchildren but there is only so many times we can talk about how much gardening has been done.
I kept in touch with some church friends and am currently enjoying the Zoom church services. I have watched the trees
have their lovely blossom in the spring, green leaves in the summer and now the reds and oranges of the autumn whilst
doing it. Our highlight of the week during lockdown was doing our shopping. Richard would take our list and a trolley and I would do my dad’s. We would then take it up to him at Norton on lovely quiet roads (oh how I wish we could have
those roads to teach our learners), and have a short chat with him.
I did a lot of decorating inside and out and kept myself busy with DIY jobs whilst Richard was a welcome painter’s
mate/gopher. During lockdown he said that when he found out during our courting days that I could wield a paint brush
and unblock a drain he knew all his birthdays had come at once. I, of course, was in my element making lists and ticking
things off.
1 Corinthians 12:22: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

We are not meant to be isolated for a long time; we are meant to meet together and talk and laugh over a drink or a
meal or in the street. This is one of life’s joys. We look forward to seeing each other again, to chatting at
close proximity, to giving actual hugs and to embrace the gathering of people we know, but seeing us all face to face is
what we really want.

Margaret Barron