I wrote the blog title and spontaneously abandoned the computer because I *had to* go and get myself a small packet of crisps. Craving for something salty – after *that* title. The reason it is on the blog today, is this:
I hear you saying – why didn’t you hide the nasty advertising as you usually do? Well, somehow I really like this logo. That light blue feels so fresh, and really, it was the design of the tin that inspired the contents. I *did*, however, cover the back with all the nutrition information. But it’s just sparkly gold, so I won’t bother showing you.
So, what do you think of when you hear “seasalt”? My first thought was this above all:
Just imagine going for a walk on the beach and bumping into a windblown RA.
Well, actually, just imagine going for a walk on the beach, full stop. It’s one of those really simple pleasures of life that I am really hankering for at the moment.
[Apologies for a slightly fuzzy image.] So it turns out that “This above all” segues into the famous Polonius quote from Hamlet. (When it comes to RA, I actually think that he remains pretty true to himself. Or what do you think?) It’s a nice sentiment, and hence felt good to place in a shrine.
So there, a bit of self-care courtesy of a RA pocket shrine. Doesn’t have a candle, but the future owner could always just light a candle beside it.
I’ll make this a “letter bomb with love”, I think. I was saying to a friend bts today, that I am somewhat unsure about the whole postal situation world-wide. My own national mail service, An Post, assures the public that it is business as normal and there are hardly any restrictions in place. A couple of weeks ago they actually handed postcards with postage paid to each household, suggesting that people write a nice message to their loved ones if they can’t see them due to the pandemic. That, to me, suggests that we are encouraged to keep using the mail service. Then there was the alarming news from the US that the national mail service was suffering in this pandemic because the restrictions meant that less commercial and promotional mail was being sent. However, instead of bailing out the national carrier, Trump has decided to cut it off from funding. The public responded beautifully and immediately started buying stamps via the USPS online shop. Again, that sounds as if mail might be welcome. – At the other end of the spectrum, I have heard from the UK that requests have been made to preserve the Royal Mail’s service for essential communications/shipments and not send anything that is promotional (or merely entertaining). So I am slightly at a loss. Can I send out some “unessential” shrine love – or not.
Damn, it’s really a heavy burden to be born a German submissive to authority!
I was chatting with someone on Twitter today. I don’t know her well at all, but her admission that she is currently feeling really down, finds it hard to even engage in hobbies that she usually loves, and spends most of her time listening to audio books, resonated with me. To all you readers out there who are struggling through the prolonged isolation: Please hang in there.
Ok, that may not be helpful advice, because hanging in there is what we are all doing, whether we want to or not. But here’s this: Do not feel guilty for feeling down or for not getting anything done. Let’s take it one day a time, and not think about tomorrow or next week or next month. Nevertheless, we *will* get through this, eventually. That is a fact. I do not presume to believe that I have a solution for your feelings of anxiety, depression or worry. And I know that it is hard to lift yourself from under this weight of uncertainty. But be true to yourself, and believe yourself, because *you* know what is best for you!
This cheers *me* up – a look at how nature is currently springing forth. A couple of weeks ago the trees were literally bare. Now, when I look out of my bedroom window, this is the view. The ornamental cherry tree (pink flowers on the right) is in full bloom. A few more days and/or a heavy shower, and all that splendour will be in our neighbours’ car park.
Suits them right for concreting their garden over to make space for cars *huffs*. The other flowers you can see are actually a clematis that has taken possession of another ornamental cherry tree. How beautiful they are…
Stay safe, guys, we’ll get there!