Easter is a special time for so many, it is a time of renewal and hope.
Never in my life time has Easter meant so much.
It is a time for me to remember that Easter 12 years ago, after spending a wonderful time with our granddaughter running around the garden on an Easter Egg hunt, the delicious sound of delight of that little girl of seven.Little did she or ourselves have any idea that it would be the last time we would laugh together for over eleven years.
So the following Easters were full of memories and enormous sadness.
Many years have passed, and now I am able to wish her a Happy Easter and I know she is back, part of a family who love her. But I will never ever forget that hurt and pain, the whole family carried around with them for those long years.
This Easter in 2020, will be like no other.
No one will be able to spend precious time with their families, no one will be sharing the laughter of these precious people.
Isolation has now taken on a whole new meaning, we are isolating to try and keep safe and to help our amazing NHS.
As we reflect this Easter of the way things were before Covid-19, a time were we could have everything we wanted, how we could jump on a plane and travel the world, a time were we became a throw away society, a time were we somehow forgot to think about others, to think about how our actions affected others and the earth we all live in. A time when we had a life of plenty.
Now we are thinking of others, we are accepting that we can’t have what we think we need, we now can’t have a new outfit every day, we now queue for bread and milk, we question if we should go for a short walk as our actions could be a matter of life or death, not necessarily to us but for others.
A quote I read recently said that Nature has sent us all to our rooms, to give us time to reflect on what we have all been doing to the Earth.
This Easter perhaps we are being given a second chance?
This is an uncertain and anxious time, if we are being given another chance we need to rethink how we all live, we can no longer continually be takers, we have to become givers.
When we come out of this awful time, we must learn from it, we must never forget the utter desolation we feel, the separation from other human beings and how that has made us feel.
We owe it the thousands of people who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, to make this world a better place.
For anyone reading this, who is a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law who has decided to cut a family member out of their lives, have to look deep into their actions, they have to take responsibility for denying contact and to acknowledge the damage they are causing their children. A time for them to reflect.
Covid-19 is a great leveller, or at least it should be.
Easter is a time for rebirth, the winter is over, sunshine will bring warmth, and a time of Hope.
Let us virtually hold each others hands, as we face this together.
All we are being asked to do is to stay at home, to help protect the NHS and to save lives.
Keep safe everyone.