Today we should have woken up in Stratford-upon-Avon. We should have enjoyed a leisurely hotel breakfast, donned our pretty frocks and smart suits, and made our way to the charming, timbered register office adjacent to Shakespeare’s birthplace. Today should have been filled with happiness and the making of memories. Friday 29th May 2020 should have been my daughter’s wedding day.
She and her partner, and the close friends and family members who were to attend are not alone in their disappointment. So many celebrations have been cancelled or postponed over the past ten weeks: my daughter in law’s 40th birthday weekend in York, the merriment which would surely have surrounded my friend’s 70th birthday, the many planned holidays that can no longer be looked forward to.
But looking forward is exactly what we must do. Dwelling on what has, and is still, happening does our emotional mindset no good whatsoever. Some of us will have shed the odd tear (I surely can’t be the only one) as we miss loved ones, see the devastating reports on the news and wonder how it’s all going to end. But now it’s time to look forward to seeing family, meeting friends and re-arranging those celebrations, even if expectation has to be tempered. We are now going to be able to meet in small groups, albeit still socially distancing, and with the excellent weather experienced by much of Britain at present, what could be more welcome than a simple chat in the garden with someone that we care about.
The photos are from last year but I’m looking forward to much the same this year. The sweet peas are full of promise – already looking as if they’ll reward us with a better display than in recent years, the tomato plants grown from seed are looking strong and healthy and we’ve already eaten the first of the radish. The Mexican orange blossom is looking its best ever, and since clearing an overgrown and straggly honeysuckle out of its way, the white rambling rose has seized greedily upon the extra light available and is laden with buds.
As we say at Slimming World, let’s pull on those positive pants!