Today I had a notion to go into town again, on a Thursday afternoon, something I have not done since covid 19 arrived. What did I see? There were people on the streets walking around, people enjoying the fresh outdoor air sitting in street cafes, even the shops were all open. Was life back to normal?.
I actually had a quest to fulfil. I am now carless and life is taken a new turn, but I am enjoying it up to now. Although I am used to breaking speed limits in my electric chair, I still have a second thought before entering a store for the first time. However, I have noticed, this is not necessary. Today I decided to change down to a slower gear, as I was missing some of the articles I wanted to buy in the store. My biggest problem is when the frozen goods I need are on the top shelf of the refrigerator and I have to organise my cane for support and keep my balance whilst opening the heavy door to reach the article I need. I am afterwards glad to be sitting safely again in my chair, although practice makes perfect and I find I am improving all the time. I went to three different stores in town today, and was that fun. For the first time in a while I felt alive again.
The next obstacle to overcome will be a rainy day. Then I will not be cutting curves with a wheelchair, but doing the balancing act in the local road train with my walker until I reach the store – just two stops away, so not so far. One day Winter will be here again with the snow and sludge, but I will overcome that problem when it arrives. Even when I was with car, I disliked the Winter conditions. I shop in the afternoon which is always an advantage in Winter, as the roads and pavements are then usually clear.
Yes, my head is full of notions at the moment.