The greater good

This lockdown business is getting incredibly tedious. I’ll be glad when we can come out of it, although not if it risks undoing all the good that’s been done, what with the vaccine and all.

I’m usually a very positive person and don’t dwell on things for too long for fear of being sucked into a big black hole. I am not a worrier, as worrying never did anyone any good. It’s a pretty useless emotion in my book.

My solution has been to throw myself into things, keeping busy, beating against the current and believing in Gatsby’s green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.

But, with that grey sky and rain out there and every day, the same old, same old, it’s enough to drag down the most optimistic of souls.

There’s been no Sound of Music Through The Square Window this time around. Instead, I’ve been running a weekly quiz on Zoom. It lasts only half an hour, as I’m too tight to pay for the professional version and, besides, there is only so much enforced frivolity any of us can take.

The link to tonight’s quiz has been published on the world wide web so if the participants include a person playing with themselves in Poland or a chap cavorting in Cambodia, well, that should liven up the proceedings.

In the meantime, I’ve lit three Positive Vibe incense sticks in the house to mask the smell of savoury pancakes from last night. And, once this evening’s quiz is over, I plan to watch Hot Fuzz for the millionth time as Mr Grigg and I need a good belly laugh.

‘No luck catching them swans then?’ ‘It’s just the one swan, actually.’

The way I see it, it’s all for the greater good.

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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