On this Monday morning, the clattering of construction woke me up. As I opened my eyes, I realized it’s the beginning of Cyprus’ “easing up” of Lockdown and the sounds I am hearing are those of my tiny country cautiously creeping towards resuming day-to-day activity. We aren’t having parades or festivals by any means. Our malls, airports and restaurants are nowhere near normalcy yet. But the sounds of happy hammering from down the road encouraged me to get up and make some coffee in my cozy kitchen.
Many years (and tears) ago, when I lived in Scotland, I moved into what I named “Cottage Cain” and purchased the entire contents therein from the previous tenant, primarily because I didn’t have much of my own and I took a fancy to the retro-red microwave.
That particular appliance “sparked” a passion in me to decorate the rest of the “Kitchen Cain” in hues of red. Some time later, the microwave ceased to function, but I had found a swatch of red and white to hang in my window there, and I brought it with me when I moved almost three years ago.
As I made my coffee today, I looked out of my current kitchen window at the same view as I always do. And I have a completely different “outlook”.
I gazed through the gauze on this superb Spring morning and yes, I could still see the lovely lady’s line across the road so I have taken a photo at another angle.
Normal is still far in the future for us here in Cyprus, but siga-siga (slowly, slowly) we are tip-toeing toward a time of recovery and reunion.
For me, I shall shelter for as long as I am able. But won’t the freedom feel fabulous when it finally comes?
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