Where do you draw your line?

Have you got your hair appointment booked? Will you be out (‘Out out’) on Saturday night? Are you looking forward to going for a coffee?

Is it really over, are we really getting back to normal, starting tomorrow?

Or are we all just being sacrificed on the altar of economic expediency?

It’s obvious that companies need to get back to work to make money – not just to make a profit, but to pay their employees. Lockdown couldn’t continue forever. We know that. But is now the right time?

Things have already relaxed a little at work – we no longer insist on everyone taking a trolley, although we still provide sanitizing stations around the store.

I’ve relaxed a little myself – time will tell if that was wise. I stopped wearing vinyl gloves at the beginning of this week. Now that I’m designing kitchens again, I’m spending most of my time on the computer – and I can’t type in gloves. I’m sanitizing my hands more often to make up for it, and I’m continuing to wash my hands frequently and well – but there’s a little niggle at the back of my brain that wonders if I’ve made the right decision.

Personally, I won’t be going out for a drink any time soon (although I would love to). I won’t be going out to a café either. But I will be having my hair cut as soon as I possibly can. I guess we all have our priorities, we all have to make our own risk assessments. Is the benefit greater than the risk?

For me, having my hair cut is important. I like my hair really short and sharp, and currently it’s long and floppy. It isn’t me. It isn’t the image I want to show the world. When I decided to stop dyeing my hair and to allow its natural grey to flourish, I realised that the cut had to be good – otherwise I would just look like I’d given up. And I think that that’s exactly what I look like now.

I want to wear a placard that says (shouts!!) this isn’t me!! This isn’t the look I’m going for!!!

So, as with so many other things in life, we all have to decide where we draw our line. For me, the line is after haircuts but before pubs. But that’s just me.

I won’t criticise anyone who draws their line somewhere else – but I do worry that once the drink starts flowing any attempt at social distancing will be forgotten. And who’s going to bother washing their hands for 20 seconds whilst singing ‘Happy Birthday’ once they’ve got a few drinks inside them??

Wherever you choose to draw your line, stay safe people!!

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Joan Mudd says:

    I agree with you. My “line” excludes the hairdressers at the moment and most certainly excludes the pub. It doesn’t exclude the golf course though – ample opportunity for social distancing. I have given Costa Coffee a longing look but like you, the question “is it too soon?” keeps flashing through my brain. So for now I shall carry on looking like a sheepdog as I spoil a good walk.

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    1. You can come round for a socially distanced coffee as soon as the weather sorts itself out!!

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  2. Sheila says:

    No pubs or Costa for me yet. I desperately need my curly mop cutting – but, a dilemma – my 6month old granddaughter really giggles when I shake my wild hair and make daft noises. If I get my hair cut very short as I usually have it , will she stop finding me funny? I will have to have it cut soon, but really hope she still laughs for me, ( at me), it’s such a wonderful sound!

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    1. Haha – such a dilemma!!! You could always invest in a wig for when you’re babysitting??

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  3. anglosvizzera says:

    Seems like my mobile hairdresser has given up cutting hair now…so I’ll be DIY-ing again, like I did before I found her…I have had a lifelong pathological fear of actually going to a hairdresser’s salon as too many times they’ve messed it up. Plus, she only charged £8.50 and came to my house. Oh well…

    As for going out – we hardly ever go to pubs any more, but are missing one particular place in Surrey that does the most amazing burgers, which we always frequent when we visit my best friend and her partner before ‘doing the charity shops’ on a Saturday. Now, apparently, you have to book an outside table, but we’re not planning to visit them for a while yet…

    …which reminds me, what we really miss are the charity shops, which is probably the only non-essential shopping we had been doing in recent years. One in our small town opened last week, but as only 5 people are allowed in at once, it doesn’t really contribute to the enjoyment of browsing, knowing that there’s a queue outside waiting for you to come out.

    Oh and, yes, the coffee shops when we’re out in different towns doing the charity shop run…but without the charity shops being open, we aren’t bothering with those little trips out and about anyway. However, last week, visiting my daughter in Devon, I found that buying an ice cream from a gelateria was the most exciting thing we’d done in ages!! (I had a blue one, coloured with a natural extract of spirulina…)

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    1. It’s the little things – like browsing – that we miss. And I quite fancy a coffee, come to think of it…

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  4. SisterStay says:

    I have just come back from a week’s self-catering holiday in Northumberland with the family where we had a brilliant time. Most National Trust-like attractions are still closed but we did manage a boat trip around the Farne Islands to see the puffins and grey seals, a visit to Bamburgh Castle with its magnificent view over the long, white sandy coastline and a coffee and cake at Barter Books – the best secondhand bookshop ever! It’s in the old railway station building at Alnwick so afterwards we also wandered past Alnwick Castle (of Harry Potter fame). We wore our masks and so did the attendants at each venue we visited and everywhere was very careful to take our details, provide hand sanitiser and encourage social distancing. This week, I’m off to the hairdresser – hooray! Life does go on but only at the pace we each feel comfortable.

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  5. Oh, that sounds lovely – I lived in Northumberland for 20 years!! Barter Books is an amazing place.

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    1. SisterStay says:

      I can honestly imagine living there forever. It was fabulous. Are the winters that bad??

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      1. They had their moments!! But the A1 is usually passable – and everyone knows someone with a tractor if you get really stuck!!

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