What’s Lusher Than A Pizza?
One day, when Dom was still working away from home, I was self-isolating alone. I heard something slip through my letterbox, saw someone walk past and look in through my living room window. Despite that the fact that I thought it was probably just another annoying pizza leaflet, I went to check it out straight away.
On my doormat, there was a note that offered something lusher than a pizza. It said, something along the lines of:
“Hi, my name is Sarah. If you’re in isolation and need some help with collecting medication, grocery shopping or just need a chat, here’s my phone number”.
While I didn’t need anything at the time, I’m always up for a chat. So, I sent Sarah a text message to say ‘Hi’ and to thank her for her offer of kindness. She replied sweetly explaining she lived locally and would be ‘looking after my street’ and if I needed anything at all just give her a shout.
Lusher than pizza indeed is the kindness of a stranger. In this time, I realise that love does. Quietly, without a show, without a Facebook post, expecting nothing in return. Love looks. It sees the need in front of it, and and LOVE DOES. You see, Sarah was putting herself at risk. Sacrificing her health and time, for people she didn’t know and that don’t know her. As small as that might seem to some, this is what love looks like to me. Love Does.
Pregnant In A Pandemic.
I feel and see the heartbreak that has come with living through the 2020 pandemic. Yet when I dig deep enough, I find there have been some blessings from this lockdown. Hopefully, you’re able to spot a blessing in your situation too.
Dominic usually works away from home, so one major bonus is him coming back at home for a few months. This means we get to enjoy our pregnancy in lockdown together! It gives us more time together to prep for Blueberry’s arrival. (Blueberry is our name for bump because when I found out I was pregnant, he would’ve been the size of a blueberry).
The fact that I’m safe at home, I’m connecting with family more, that my pregnancy is going well are all stuff I’m grateful for.
And of course, there’s the tough stuff. As pregnant women are now classed as high risk during this pandemic, it’s advised we stay home as much as possible. Dominic is not allowed to any of my scans, so I have to go alone. All my face-to-face midwife appointments have been cancelled and instead reduced and replaced with phone calls. If I do call or text my midwife with an issue, I’m lucky if I get a response back within 5 days without having to chase up. There’s also the fear of losing our jobs as work for both of our organisation’s scale back.
But I go back to the point that love does, and seeing the acts of kindness is the epitome of hope. I’ve had one friend drop off a baby monitor, one friend dropped off a gender reveal cake (it was lush red velvet). We’ve had some chicken delivered, my mum had a rice cooker sent to our house (thanks mama), and someone has offered to help out if we need anything so that Dom doesn’t even have to leave the house and potentially bring any yucky viruses back home. It’s the community acts of kindness that remind me we’re not alone.
I’m currently reading LOVE DOES by Bob Goff. I love it! His book says this:
“Bob believes that love takes action. Love Does”
and so do I.
“When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a whimsical, meaningful chance to make faith simple and real.”
It is scary being pregnant in a pandemic. Most days, I’m good. In fact, I’m great. But there are the odd days when fear seems to be winning, and I wonder if I’ll see September 2020 when my baby is due to be born. But when I see love in action, it reminds me that no matter how hard things get, there is a God who is nudging the hearts of those around me, asking them to give me a kiss on the forehead and a message of hope – in the form of LOVE DOES.
Thank you, kind people. Just like Jesus did. Love Does.
You’re making it much easier for me to be pregnant in the pandemic.