Act Wisely for the Common Good

Definitely times are strange and it still feels very surreal. I definitely feel that I am walking through a book and that I will put it down for a while whilst I go and make a cup of tea in the real world. But alas…this is the real world.

Here in New Zealand we are a little way behind you, but seemingly catching up fast with our low number of COVID-19 cases doubling daily from 4 to 8, to 16 and currently in the 60’s.

Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is amazing and together with her Government she leads us to minimise contact with others, to work from home and to be kind. She has in her short time in power led us through a terror attack, a volcanic eruption, drought and now Covid-19, whilst becoming a mum and raising a toddler. Praise where praise is due.

Today I am in my office but only to collect all that I need to continue working from home. My contact with schools will now be online and since I will be travelling less I should find time to do all that professional reading that has been piling up.

I called in to the supermarket this morning on my way to the office to get a few things we have run low on and the shelves all seemed well stocked. The only thing I noticed a lack of that I wanted, was a sack of flour. There has been some panic buying, toilet rolls apparently, although I can’t imagine why. Having recently returned from a trip to Thailand where the sewage system cannot cope with toilet paper… washing was the way to go… my children referred to it as a ‘butt gun’.

I also called into Mitre 10 (it is so like B&Q we actually refer to it as B&Q) to get some seedlings for my garden but they have sold out. They are re stacking later today, apparently. A winter vegetable garden seems a prudent measure.

Things are quieter, the student volunteer army are ramping up, and people are checking on neighbors more.

Schools are still open but I don’t know for how long. I worry for the older community who may be living alone and loneliness could become a real problem. I worry for some of the younger children who are fully reliant on adults, who may be left home alone or spending more time in potentially chaotic home circumstance. I worry for those with few family and friends to check up on them, the mentally ill and physically disabled. I worry for humanity. However, I celebrate the growing sense of community. I celebrate the inherent kindness of most people and I celebrate the courage and dedication of those leading and guiding us, the health workers, the frontline and essential workers, and I urge you all, above everything, to be thoughtful, to be kind and to act wisely for the common good.

Go well. Be safe, Kia kaha, Arohanui.

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