Steppin’ out

There’s been an outpouring of tributes to centenarian Captain Sir Tom Moore who died in hospital on Tuesday after contracting pneumonia and Covid-19.

The war veteran became a national hero after raising nearly £32 million for NHS charities by walking around his garden on a zimmer frame.

His was a quiet, dignified and, as it turned out, more than worthwhile response to this worldwide pandemic. He was kind, generous and inspired us all.

‘We will get through it in the end but it might take time, but at the end of the day we shall all be okay again… the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away,’ he said last April.

And this, from November: ‘Let’s try not to get downhearted, we will get through this, whatever is thrown at us and together we can ensure that tomorrow will be a good day.’

To misquote General George Patton, let us not mourn his passing, let us be grateful he lived.

While some of us might understandably be fearful, angry, lonely or bored, these are the words of hope we must all hang on to, rather than get sucked into conspiracy theories and the language of hate.

I choose kindness.

That’s about it.

Love, Maddie x

By Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. Expect reflections on rural life, community, landscape, underdogs, heritage and folklore. And fun.

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