Today I am working side-by-side with my son.
Or rather: I am taking the opportunity to write my daily post right now as Master Guylty has just left the house for a walk. You may wonder why my son is suddenly here after I had mentioned he had gone into self-isolation. Well, after consultation with a doctor, my son and his three flatmates were given the all-clear and have been allowed to leave their flat. Before we get into a full-blown lockdown here, the lads felt that this was the only safe opportunity to actually go and see their respective parents for a few days. Especially as they are “uncontaminated” due to staying indoors for two weeks. So we have the pleasure of my son’s company for a few days. After that he will move downstairs into the basement flat with his friends again – and the social distancing from us upstairs will continue because one of the four lads takes up his job in retail again. If he catches anything, the other three will, too. So no contact to us from Sunday. Meanwhile I am enjoying my son’s presence here. It is a little bit like in old times – four people at the table, watching telly snuggled together on the sofa, and being able to order the children outside to do the shopping 😂.
On to today’s distraction challenge #6.
6. Which question would you like Richard to answer in a Q&A?
Ok, I’ll be really honest here. Right now I would ask him – Richard, where are you????????????
I know I know I know. I have no right *whatsoever* to demand or to even expect anything from anyone, least of all a celeb who hasn’t asked to be my “hero”. But I just can’t help but wish that Richard would put his wonderful sense of empathy to good use and kind of acknowledge the huge challenge that we are all collectively dealing with right now. Particularly as a performer – and as an artist with a number of subscribers on various social media – I think he would have a great platform to put in practice what he preached just recently. “Our mental health depends on the collective empathic experience of sitting together in a room and watching humans reflecting life back at us. It’s essential to our hearts and minds.” Let’s take away the “sitting together in a room” and replace it with “connecting via social media”, and there we have an adequate way of describing what would cheer a great many people who are currently in lockdown, self-isolation or social-distancing mode. I have very much enjoyed the daily home concerts by pianist Igor Levit on Twitter livestream. Patrick Stewart’s “A Sonnet A Day” is wonderful, too. I am grateful to these artists for attempting to cheer us up – with the tools that they have at their disposal, namely their art. It is not an obligation, I totally concede that, but it is a beautiful offering that proves to me *every day* that art is necessary. Let’s just hope that there are no nefarious reasons for Richard’s relative silence (excluding recent tweet bromancing with Harlan Coben and well-wishing with Jed Brophy).
On a lighter note – one question that I have had for a long time, is this: Are you superstitious? And what is the mysterious leather band we occasionally see you wearing? A talisman?
Hope that RA is well and sound, and his nearest and dearest, too. Also wishing that all of you are safe and well, wherever you are.