Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 36: That Covid Gift

Ronovan’s Decima Challenge”

GIFT in the B rhyme line (ABBA/ACCDDC )

That Covid Gift
 It’s not how it was meant to be
 Wasn’t expecting this Christmas gift
 Celebrations cut short, so swift
 Our bubble burst at school, you see
 Now self-isolation for me
 We thought we’d last just one more day
 Now, I just pray my friend’s okay
 Holidays for kids start tonight
 Oh, government, where’s your hindsight?
 Just close school early… We did say… 
Ritu 2020

My Decima is written tonight, in sheer desperation. We were due to finish term tomorrow, half day for the kids, and after tidying up, us getting home early. Instead, we’ve spent the best part of the evening having to arrange for the school to be closed tomorrow, due to a positive test in one of the staff members. She had a Rapid Swab test with gives results within an hour, but it also says that it isn’t fully accurate, so you have to isolate for at least 48 hours and get a proper test done.

All contacts have to self-isolate too, for 48 hours, and if the next test is positive, for 10 days in total. I was a contact for that poor girl, which means self-isolation now, and because the Government wasn’t willing to bend on the suggestions that schools go online for the last week, to spare families this stress, just before Christmas, we may not even be able to see our family on Christmas day… I am so frustrated with the whole situation.

And that’s not all. They, (that stupid Government), have issued newe guidelines for starting back to school in January, different to what all secondary schools were advised before finishing, and now this… Oh, and the plan to get every secondary school pupil and staff tested regularly after they come back, with the rapid swab tests that aren’t even that accurate… (but the schools are expected to train staff up to do the tests… because we have all the extra staff in the world, out there…)

What is a break? School staff won’t be getting one.

Instead, we will either be in isolation, or dessperately trying to piece together the ridiculous advice sent by the Government, and DfE,then we will walk back into schools, dealing with the aftermath of the open ‘Christmas’ celebrations, that the goverment are so keen for everyone to have (except those in isolation, which could be most of the population…)

Sorry. Off my frustrated soap box now. Just wish me well. I do not want this virus. And gete well vibes for my colleague too, please.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Ronovan
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 01:23:02

    Wow. We had to wear masks for two weeks while my son had to stay home due to contact. He didn’t have it, thankfully. We wore the masks because we know a 16 y/o boy had no chance of doing it and his grandmother followed, disinfecting everywhere he touched. 🙂

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    • Ritu
      Dec 23, 2020 @ 09:30:59

      It’s so tough, Ron. I’m trying to stay in my own room, as much as I can, to lessen contact. Feeling fine in myself, but you never know, and that’s the hardest thing!
      Stay safe 🎄💜



  3. OIKOS™-Editorial
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 00:06:08

    The always changing guidelines of our governments remember me to keep in mind never hire some of them for any guided tour. 😉 At least there is a lot of money flowing away, and the next generations have to pay for it. ;-( Best wishes, Michael

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  4. Erika
    Dec 18, 2020 @ 11:29:18

    For some reason, the lines are not displayed completely on your post. But I figured that you are in self-isolation due to contact with a positive case. There is no good time for that in general but of course, worse right now. I am so cautious because of that and beg my family to be it too because of Christmas and celebrating with my mom. So, I understand your desperation, sis.
    Sending you strong healing hugs, dear. I hope you won’t develop any symptoms at least. Much love to you 💖

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  5. willowdot21
    Dec 18, 2020 @ 08:00:28

    It is so frustrating isn’t it. Like you we are in tier three from tomorrow, Christmas for us is just going to be another day. Our middle son now has covid so we and our other sons are keeping an eye on him via what’sapp and phone. It is a worry. Be safe sis hope your next test is negative also that all your colleagues a safe too. 💜💜💜💜

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    • Ritu
      Dec 18, 2020 @ 09:04:29

      It’s not me who tested positive, Sis, but a colleague who did. I was a close contact. Ginger’s crossed her next one is negative!!!
      I hope your son is okay, though. Hope he’s one who suffers lightly 💜💜💜



      • willowdot21
        Dec 18, 2020 @ 09:16:21

        I realized it was not you, sorry I thought you’d been tested as well. Lets hope that she is clear and you can relax.
        Hopefully our lad will be okay🤞 at the moment he has every one of the markers .
        Hurry up better times 💜💜

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      • Ritu
        Dec 18, 2020 @ 09:21:11

        Lol, no, Sis, she had the rapid swab test after school yesterday, and we spent most of the evening organising everything for today, and searching for contacts within school, etc!
        I’ll only test of in get symptoms. It’s too early, and would be a waste of a test right now. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼


      • willowdot21
        Dec 18, 2020 @ 13:00:35

        Fingers crossed 🤞☺️☺️🤞

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 17, 2020 @ 23:45:17

    Surrounding you with the healing wings of Angels, Sis! And loads of love!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person


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