One Step At A Time

Normality inches ever closer in Northern Ireland with the continued easing of lockdown restrictions. The signs are positive. Infection rates remain low and, perhaps more importantly, hospitalisations and deaths are a fraction of what they were several months ago. It’s a well-worn cliche but there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel as the vaccine rollout continues to impress with its efficiency and effectiveness.

I’m now in the office more often than not and the city of Belfast is beginning to resemble the vibrant metropolis it once was. Cafes, bars and restaurants can now offer outdoor hospitality while the shops are open again. Mask wearing and social distancing rules still apply but it no longer resembles the ghost town it has been since Christmas. People are hoping of a brighter summer where we can all get back to the way life used to be.

The anti-vaccers continue to rant and rave on social media but they are a tiny minority. The large majority of the population are queuing up to have their jab as almost 1.5 million have now been administered. Figures show that the vaccine works, offering 95% protection from the virus. The vaccination centres are slick operations where friendly, professional staff take you through the process. We were in and out in less than half an hour.

On a personal note, our Rebecca played her first competitive football match in over a year yesterday. She was an excited girl and Fionnuala and I were very proud parents as we cheered her on from the (socially distanced) sidelines. The game ended in a draw but, for me, it was another resounding victory for science and reason over the lunacy of conspiracy theories and misinformation. We are getting there…one step at a time.

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.

8 thoughts on “One Step At A Time

  1. This is all great news to hear, and reminds me of what the efforts we all are putting in to look after each other can lead to. Thank you for sharing this positive story, and I am glad to see the semblance of brightness slowly making its way back into life over there on the other side of the world. 😊


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