A slightly later than usual Friday ramble as I've just been out to shop at our local Costco. It was disturbing to see that they've had to introduce rationing of paper products again. It's so dispiriting. Some people just won't learn, will they? Imagine creating a shortage when by now we should all clearly understand that the last were created, and affected so many people, making everyone's life harder when there was absolutely no need.
I've been thinking about nostalgia this week, and it came about from something I did on my recent holiday. While we were doing something else in the Cotswolds we were close to the little village where I spent a lot of my early life and was the home of several relatives, so my daughter offered to drive us to go and see how it looks today.
I had a wonderful couple of hours being transported back to such happy times as a child. The meadow where my mother and I paddled in the brook (stream) and she taught me the names of wildflowers, my aunt's cottage, now adjoined with its neighbour to make a more spacious home, the old village school where I was for a short while a pupil and the old post office where once I was allowed to stroke and pet the two Siamese cats owned by the two old ladies who ran it.
There was now the addition of a small cafe where once the grocery store had been and we sat outside in some glorious sunshine to drink coffee.
But a couple of days later when I was home, it backfired a bit. I began to feel the pain that nostalgia can sometimes bring with it. I began to wonder how this plays out with those of you coping with the care of sufferers from dementia/memory loss. I remember that when we took my mum back to her old childhood haunts she was delighted and became very talkative and happy. I hope that she hadn't later felt the same as I have just done. Have any of you had any similar experiences, yourselves or with anyone in your care?
I hope that you are all coping with the tightening of daily restrictions and rising covid numbers. Please all keep yourselves as safe as possible, but do enjoy at least some of your weekend, if you can! 🙏😊🌈🌸