A Touch of ‘Normal’

I ventured out for a short stroll yesterday, the first since having my stroke. The weather was foul, but I did not let that put me off, and I was rewarded by seeing this beautiful dandelion clock. I was taken by how perfect it is; not one seed is missing, so I took a photo of it with my phone.

My route took me past the local supermarket, and I noticed only a few people inside. That suited me fine. I received my second vaccine jab earlier this week. However, I am still wary about being among a crowd of people, especially indoors. But with the shop practically empty, I went in for a look around.

It is ages since I have been in the supermarket, so I walked up and down the aisles at a leisurely pace. I am not a keen shopper, but it was exhilarating to see goods on shelves rather than on a computer screen. I can almost understand now why people queued for hours to get into clothes shops when they reopened.

It was hard not to buy something while I was there. It was a novelty to be able to touch packets, tins and boxes again. I got a basket and filled it with some fresh fruit and two packs of my favourite vegetarian sausages.

As I made my way to the checkout, I noticed a sign saying that clothing was reduced by up to 60%. I love a bargain and could not resist having a look among the rails. I spotted a plum coloured sweatshirt that I liked. It was reduced to £4, so I popped it in the basket, too.

Wearing my new sweatshirt will not win me any fashion awards, but it is perfect for the cool weather we have had lately. And being in a shop where I could handle items before buying them brought a touch of much-needed ‘normality’ after a few stressful weeks.

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