Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #13

People. Sheesh. We are in our third week of lockdown in Northern Ireland, yet some are already asking when the restrictions will be relaxed. Three weeks! Look around, there are still thousands of people dying across the globe every day from this relentless pandemic. Yet, you’re playing the martyr because you’re being asked to stay in the house and watch television. The selfishness of some knows no bounds.

There is a lack of patience, understanding and community within such folk. They don’t get the bigger picture because they are part of the ‘me me me’ generation. Beyond numero one they have no comprehension as to what the concept of citizenship is, they are morally and ethically bereft. Such people demand so much, yet give so little in return. This crisis has brought out the best in people, but also unfortunately the worst.

Deaths dropped in the United Kingdom yesterday and many jumped on this as an indicator that the situation was improving. Such people choose to ignore the scientific advice that we are yet to see the peak and the surge has not hit us yet. The likely reason for the dip is an administrative one, as weekend deaths have not yet been fully calculated. I hope I am wrong but fear the situation will worsen before it improves.

As for me. I painted a fence yesterday and Fionnuala taught me how to bake flapjacks today. I’m learning new skills. I ran 10K this morning under blue skies along beautiful country lanes. My wife and children are happy and healthy. I have a lot to be grateful for, the lockdown is there for a reason and it will work. Normal times will return if we only give it a chance to work. Let’s not mess it up. Stay safe, everybody.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

26 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #13

  1. Well said. We’ve also observed lots of people who are not taking things as seriously as they should. (No social distancing, Austrian vehicles crossing the border when it’s supposed to be closed, going the other way anyway). Baking flapjacks though, I’m impressed. Maybe a picture of same, instead of that virus thingy would have been nice(r)? Or those beautiful lanes or a painted fence, I don’t mind. 😉

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  2. Hang in there. Thank you for making the point of citizenship and the common good. It’s so frustrating to hear the people talking about defying or ending the stay at home orders. I was watching a news report from a reporter who visited on of New York City’s ERs. He was there for 30 minutes and 4 people died in the ER. In the background six Code Blue calls went out for the rest of the hospital. I’m amazed (and peeved) that people see the facts about thee horrific nature of COVID-19 and yet want the freedom to put themselves and us in danger.

    Thank you for all you do and keeping us updated on your corner of the world. Take care and stay safe and well.


  3. Well said. I hear people daily saying it will be over in a couple of weeks. Or complaining that their kids are home. It takes a bit to sink in and realize this is not going anywhere but it seems only a small percentage are getting that. The majority like you pointed out feel that this is an imposition. As though staying alive was something to pooh paw at. Like yourself I think that we have not even seen anywhere near the peak here in Canada either. Which is scary. Stay Safe. 🙂


  4. Show us the pancakes 🙂 Here in the USA it seems to be the same. Younger people just don’t seem to grasp the concept that everything is not about them, their fun, and their happiness. Also some groups of people think they are above the law and don’t have to answer to it. Yet I have seen kindness in my neighborhood and community. Thanks for the post. It’s nice to see how things are the same and sometimes different no matter where we live.


  5. Was out on a food run last night and saw teens and teens playing basketball yet again. Shelter in place has been going for 3 weeks, but they think it’s a problem for people my age. Would hope the media would highlight how many young people have gotten it and some of them have died.


  6. Yes it seems like a lot of people fail to look at the big picture, it can be quite frustrating. It sounds like you have created a nice space for you and your family tho and getting out in the fresh air. That’s what we are doing in South Australia. Luckily we have a closed golf course near us to go for walks and runs around. All the best to you and your family.


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