Blog day 13 – The Health Minster again, really?
Dear fellow captives,
I am angry. Not as angry as Jacinda will be. I can’t believe I am writing about him again. The gall of the Health Minister David Clark to have taken a trip with his family driving 20 kilometres to a beach for a walk. Wouldn’t we all like to be doing that with our kids/bubble mates/ pets (unless you have an iguana or bearded dragon)? Of course. And the man said to be leading our health response for the government can’t play by his government’s own rules for our collective health. Really?
I am also peeved that precious time of the government is being diverted to this stupid issue of a man keeping it inside …[we normally insert other words here for different male weaknesses]…his own rules.
I know, I know I will be preaching to the converted. I just need to “get it off my chest”. Although I do think we should make that phrase more feminine so for now I have converted it to “I need to get it out of my low-slung bra”. If you come up with better alternative feminine phrases to replace the outdated and masculine reference in this one, I welcome your wisdom. Please send to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
A dip in my curve at almost half-time – praise coming your way
So I am sure as I have you would have hung on every precise and measured word of Dr Ashley Bloomfield and felt comforted, as he appeared to be, that our infection rates are dropping so the measures are working. The worm is turning!
So we are very close to half-time and like a good ballroom dancer our curve is dipping in the right direction. Cause for celebration or at least a recognition of our good hard work (except for the Health Minster – can’t let it go).
Yes its been rammed into us that its game of two halves. Credit to the opposition (virus) for giving us a hard battle up front. We need to start well with the first [try/improvement] after the half-time break. We can’t let the gas off in the second half. We have had all of those clichés rammed down our throats for years, although I still enjoy rugby. They are all still correct here but just as trite and annoying to hear again sorry. The important point now that I am finally getting there, is that we still have to behave and get through the second half and we could come out of lockdown on time. And gosh our economy and many of our people need to desperately so we need to hold firm for the second half.
Gosh I hope this is not condescending as it is not intended to be…I think we need to a good old pat on the back and I am giving myself one too along with a reminder of why we are doing what we are doing. It is really very personal for each of us.
So, I also want to congratulate my fellow captives [I was never going to write countrymen was I?]. That’s all you out there. We have done well at what we have been asked to do. What we have done to date has saved lives and if we keep going we will save more. And that’s important because as I look around my family I have many vulnerable members I don’t want to lose and don’t want to watch my kids lose and grieve them or any of them and I am sure you are the same. Sorry to get deep and grim but I do it so you can hopefully appreciate that despite how hard it has been (and it is hard and worrying and difficult and frustrating) it is worth it ultimately and being reminded of why we are doing it and how well we are doing individually hopefully helps. So, congratulations and well done to every single one of you. We all deserve praise for that (except the Health Minister – I know get over it!). So, I want you to take away that praise at almost half-time and know that being good enough to just get through is doing well. Keep it up for the second half and we will be okay!
Plus now that the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy – both beings that break and enter our bubbles and get within the disallowed 2 metres and leave us potentially infected items on our children’s beds – are essential services, there is hope that we will be one day soon too and get back to some normality.
Kia kaha, my lovelies, and adieu. Stay safe and remember its only a few less days [I am counting down] until we can legitimately eat chocolate for breakfast and all day long. Love Easter!
[Editor’s note – the images featured in these posts over the coming days are the fabulous designs done by Dala Oh and Sarah Bulkeley for this blog – what talented souls!!]