While the UK and much of the world is on lockdown, a lot more people are working from home (or, at least, trying to)! For me, that’s not much a great change. What has changed is the type of work I’m getting; most of what I’m working on now is, perhaps not surprisingly, COVID-19 based.
Apart from the obvious changes to your lifestyle, has anything changed for you? Please share interesting changes that have resulted from the current world situation!
She stands over me, hands on hips, shouting. Or maybe she’s not shouting but it comes across with the intensity of a shout. It echoes other shouts I’ve heard before; my mother yelling at me when I was a child, my teacher angry at me for some misdemeanour. The passion of it is startling because it’s not about a personal grievance, it’s because I made too many posts on the school’s social media site at work this week. Apparently, I should have been more focused on other things in the library.
“You’re just like your father,” spoken in a sing-song disdain is a refrain from my childhood. Auntie Deloris and Uncle Art confirmed it. And once when I was in my late teens, Art added, “It’s nothing to be proud of.” I couldn’t see how we looked alike, but I couldn’t see myself in the mirror either. I only saw a reflection. Continue reading →
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