Written by a resident of the village who wishes to remain anonymous.
So, lockdown is easing and the visitors are on their way. Maybe I am over reacting but there is one sort of visitor the arrival of whom I am really worried about. My WhatsApp and Messenger are full of it. Call me a cynic but why didn’t they get in touch when we were all battening down the hatches earlier in the year? Funny that they should wait until now – when they are actually permitted to travel!
The thing is, I am not sure that I really want to see them. Not for a drink; not for a coffee; certainly not for lunch! And I definitely don’t want them staying – how is that possible with social distancing in place. I realise that those who live in cities have had a really hard time during this crisis and they are desperate to get away. They have also taken greater risks than we have. They have had to. It has not been possible for them to exercise without braving the busy tow path or the crowded park. They have not had the luxury of shopping in local shops who have put simple and effective measures in place to protect them such as the ones that we have grown accustomed to.
They have been forced to break the rules because of the number of people that they live around and that has made them more cavalier than I have chosen to be. In some cases it seems to have given them a feeling that the rules are not for them.
I have seen pictures of their ‘socially distanced’ drinks parties on their Facebook pages and I know they don’t have the same regard for the measures that I have. In contrast I have enjoyed the quiet life – empty footpaths, socially distanced shopping in a place where most people are very eager to stick to the rules. So how do I cope with this influx of friends and family?
I am actually quite scared! Will they want to get too close to me? Will they expect to be invited into the house? Will they want to use my loo? Do they expect me to feed them?
The flip side of this is that I really don’t know if I am over-reacting? Is life actually back to normal except in this quiet, special place? Should I relax and welcome them or should this be the year when I tell them that St Mawes is actually not open for ‘free’ holidays to friends and family hoping to come down here and use the beaches once again?