Now a photo of a cup of coffee is nothing unusual. Let’s face it, they’re everywhere. But for me this particular one was special. Why I hear you ask? Well it goes a little like this ..
Eight weeks ago New Zealand went into a level 4 lock down as a result of the COVID19 pandemic and along with petty much everything, all cafes closed. They were not even allowed to operate a takeout service. The country only got two days notice of the change for which I think we coped with well. And so it was goodbye to barista made coffee for several months (I used to have one daily).
I was happy for this to happen as I didn’t want New Zealand to end up in the awful situation that some countries were facing. Terrible stories reached our shores of desperate times and a lot of heartache was being felt by a great many people. So as a nation we gritted our teeth, hunkered down and waited it out.
Me, I have been working from home for all of that time which I have been very grateful for. I have been able to progress several projects and all in all it hasn’t been too bad.
Several days ago, thanks to very low infection rates, the country transitioned out of level three (which we had been in for a fortnight) to level two, which meant that I could finally make my way to my local and taste a extra hot trim flat white with one sweetener again. It tasted wonderful! I had to mark to occasion with a commemorative snap. And it was so lovely to see that faces of the staff that I know back at work all safe and well.
I am returning to my office tomorrow for which I actually quite looking forward to. Things are of course going to be different for a while but we must adapt to the new normal as best we can and work towards rebuilding the many lives that have been adversely affected.
We are all in this together as a team of five million.
To everyone still experiencing harsh and harrowing times … we, I, think of you always and I send you my very best wishes that better days are just around the corner.
Lots of love xxx