We have friends who have rushed to return to the terraces of their favourite cafes and restaurants. Others who have leapt on a plane to Corsica - believing everyone on board is “safe” even though cheek by jowl and masks removed to eat. Others go dog walking with friends. In the UK, friends book holidays to small hotels in Devon and go to concerts.
We are doing none of this. Though we sometimes talk wistfully about visiting our favourite restaurant in Agen at some point, but have no idea if they are open or are taking bookings.
In 14 months we’ve had only two people inside our house - an emergency plumber and an emergency builder. The only other people who have come onto our land are the post woman, delivery drivers and someone who at some point will do some repairs on our pool terrace.
We have shopped, visited the pharmacy. I have been to the vets more times than I care to remember. OH has occasionally gone to the GP for his prescription renewal. Being vaccinated has been the highlight of this year.
With questions over each new variant. I begin to think this will be our new normal for the foreseeable future.
Are we being too cautious?