|May always brings lilacs.|
Many weeks have passed since my last post. The pandemic restrictions and the health conditions of family members have continued to depress me. My mother (90) has recovered from surgery but is lonely and still resistant to living in supported housing. She is reliant on her daughters for company, grocery shopping and attending almost weekly medical appointments. As I am in my 70th year now, I feel lost opportunities for adventure (escape?) and for social interaction. In the last few weeks, I've taken some steps to change my own life (or my attitude towards it.)
be prepared to complete a "real walk".
|We are only allowed to visit patios right now.|
Sunny days mean restaurant patios. In British Columbia, indoor dining in restaurants is suspended.
Hopefully, as our numbers Covid-19 numbers decline, these orders will change. My daughter is working
10 hour days to support the hospitality workers. Callback is critical for middle-aged employees who have years of seniority. Older women, mostly of immigrant background, who clean hotel rooms and prepare meals should not be replaced by younger employees whenever business resumes.
I bought tickets for the Van Gogh "light show" in January. As my daughter works in downtown Vancouver, we decided to have a staycation. I have not been off Lulu Island (part of Richmond ) where I live for several months. One of my decisions in my older years has been to stop driving. I've never enjoyed it and I believe that it is important for seniors to locate themselves in communities with good walkability and to know how to use public transit. Since public transit is not appealing to me at this time, my options
are limited. My daughter and I stayed 2 nights in a downtown hotel. I wandered while she worked. We met for dinner each evening.
I've been reading a lot of books these days. Jane Harper (Australia), Donna Leon (Venice), Ian Rankin (Edinburgh).....I sure want to travel. As more people are vaccinated, I start thinking about air travel points, friends and relatives in other countries and thinking. Maybe next year!