This was a year ago today. Hawklad at a Rugby International. England v Italy.
How times have changed in one year.
Who would have imagined that 365 days later 52000 people crammed into a stadium would seem like a pipe dream. No thought of masks or social distancing. No nervous sideways glances when someone coughs. No need for personal and family bubbles. Well that’s not strictly true.
Even that night we tried to manage social contact. Carefully mapped out our plans. Trying to watch the entertainment outside the ground from a safe and less busy distance. Arriving at the ticket gate at the quietest time. Refusing the crowded lift option and walking up the 7 flights of stairs. Eating our takeout food in a place away from others. Getting to our seats early so we don’t have to squeeze past any strangers. Ensuring Hawklad is seated between me and his uncle. Hoods allowed over the head when needed. Having my mobile fully charged so Hawklad can focus on playing games rather than worry about the increasingly full stadium. Waiting for the crowds to thin out before leaving.
That is our Aspergers world. It was like that in 2019. It’s always like that. It didn’t start with a pandemic. It won’t end when the pandemic has gone. It’s our world.