It was going to be very different, our government had planned a series of events on May 8th to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the ending of war in Europe (V.E. day). Local groups were planning street parties, film shows and church parades. The bank holiday had been moved from Monday to Friday so we could celebrate. Instead we are in lockdown and not allowed to visit family or friends. I have noticed a definite change of mood in the last few weeks. Communities have come closer together in these strange times and I think people want to show that life goes on. We also need a bit of fun and a party for the children who have not been able to go to school since the middle of March.
I was somewhat surprised when visiting nearby Frenchay for my morning walk to find that the streets were decorated with bunting and flags and that people had put tables in their front gardens.
Frenchay used to be a traditional village with small cottages and large houses grouped round the common. Now however it is easy to see many younger people have moved into the old cottages.
For my own family V.E. day always felt a bit strange. My mother’s brother was a prisoner of war in Singapore and would not be released for another year. However each generation interprets history a little bit differently. My daughter in law sent me some lovely pictures of my grandchildren enjoying the day.
We are waiting to see how much longer we will be in lock down and what the new normal will look like. I hope there will be gains as well as losses and that we will develop a deeper sense of community. My grandson is hoping he can start school in September having only missed by a few days last year and both children want to go on play dates with their friends and play on the swings in the park.
This post will be added to Norm’s Thursday doors.