This time last year – May half term – my husband, daughter and I went to Albufeira in Portugal. It was our first visit to the country and we absolutely loved it.
With so many amazing places to see in the UK and around the world, we like to visit different places but we had such fond memories from our week in Portugal that we decided to return this year for a relaxing week in the same resort and same hotel; a first for us.
But, for obvious reasons, we’re not there. Like so many people, our holiday plans needed to be cancelled as the world faces an unprecedented pandemic.
I wish we were in Portugal right now but I really can’t feel sad about it. It is what it is and we really have been fortunate. So far, COVID-19 has not touched our family with tragedy so a cancelled holiday, a non-birthday, a couple of cancelled theatre trips and a few other planned events that couldn’t happen are absolutely nothing compared to what some have and are still facing.
So I wrote a little poem about it….
I should be in Portugal, a break for seven days
Some time out with my family, soaking up some rays
I should be in Portugal, relaxing by the pool
Jumping in the icy depths when I need to cool
I should be in Portugal, walking on the sand
Dining out on tasty food, a cold beer in my hand
I should be in Portugal, a speedboat on the waves
Searching for some dolphins and cruising through the caves
I should be in Portugal, a trip to ZooMarine
Riding on the big wheel, and in the wave machine
I should be in Portugal, a walk through the old town
Visiting the gift shops, just as sun goes down
I should be in Portugal, the place we went last May
Lovely, friendly people – a super place to stay
Instead I’m in the UK, staying safe at home
Because a nasty virus has meant we cannot roam
Instead I’m in the UK, working every day
Hoping that these tragic times will soon be gone away
Instead I’m in the UK, my heart so full of sadness
For those who’ve lost the ones they love during this worldwide madness
Instead I’m in the UK, thinking about the firms
That won’t survive the loss of funds from this vile set of germs
Although I’m not on holiday, I’m feeling very blessed
That those I love are in good health, and not feeling distressed
Although I’m not on holiday, my family are by my side
My daughter’s doing well at ‘school’, filling me with pride
Although I’m not on holiday, my books are in the charts
With stories bringing comfort, warming readers’ hearts
Although I’m not on holiday, I’m really very grateful
That a cancelled trip is the worst I’ve had from a virus that’s so hateful
Please be assured, my books are a million times better than my poetry!
I know I’ve been very fortunate but many haven’t.
My empathy to those who’ve had events, celebrations and holidays cancelled, particularly ones that have been extra special like my brother’s 50th birthday plans and those who’ve had their weddings cancelled.
Wishing a speedy recover to anyone currently fighting COVID-19, including my lovely friend and fellow-author, Jo, and her family. Hope you’ve all continued to improve this week.
Love and hugs to anyone who has lost a loved one – whether to this virus or something else – and particularly where you haven’t been able to say goodbye and celebrate their life in the way you’d have hoped.
My best wishes to anyone with a business that’s struggling, has gone under, or who has lost their job/faces employment uncertainty.
And my thoughts are with all those affected by this worldwide pandemic in so many other ways I haven’t mentioned.
Hang on in there. I’m rooting for you. We’re hopefully through the worst and we’ll be able to spend time with friends and family soon as life returns to some sort of new ‘normal’.