Simple Tasks Assume Increased Relevance In A Lockdown
When times are tough we often gain some degree of pleasure from indulging in seemingly small pleasures...
As my home state of Victoria endures another week of stage 4 Covid lockdown, mask wearing is compulsory in public areas and you can only leave your home for work, food shopping. a medical appointment / emergency, or care giving, it means we must find solace is things pertaining to our place of residence and its surrounds. There is also a curfew in place, meaning we must be inside our dwellings by 8.00 pm each night.
We are allowed to leave our houses for up to an hour per day for exercise, but we must remain within five kms of home at all times. The situation will be reviewed on September 13 and if the numbers warrant, there will be some small loosening of the health guidelines. I am happy to comply with this because it is clearly for the greater good of the community. The daily infection rate has fallen from a daily high of 700, to 70 cases today. The majority of my fellow Victorians agree with the government action according to polls. I find this reassuring. Without a healthy and safe community, calls to save the economy becomes irrelevant.
I have noticed I am exhibiting a renewed interest for putting out our garbage bins each week. I am quite conscious of a rekindled enthusiasm for this mundane tasks of late. It is an outing after all and I will gladly take what is on offer right now having been in some form of lockdown since March 17th.
Our driveway is 30 metres in length so taking the bins out has an air of ceremony about it. The whole process has resulted in a poem. Mind you, most significant occasions in my life tend to spark a poetic response of some form...
Bin There, Done That!
I'm taking the bins out tonight
It's quite an occasion you see
Something not to be sneezed at
For a sociable fellow like me
I'm living a life in tight lockdown
And clearly can't go very far
So the bins have become quite important
In my seven day repertoire
I approach this task with excitement
I am keen to leap up and shout
It's bin night everybody!
Tonight we're going out!
©Alan j Wright
*Rubbish/garbage bin = trash can
Some of my fellow Aussies have turned bin night into an extravaganza!