For weeks, before we got married, there were rumbles of a new infectious disease originating in Wuhan, China, known as Coronavirus, or Covid-19. Despite warnings, though, the west including Europe and America felt invincible, and we were all adamant that we would be fine.
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to catch you up on that. If you’re confused in the slightest, where have you been this past year?
But, our wedding that we had so meticulously been planning to the minute, was mildly threatened to not go ahead, and we did not realise to what extent until we got home. No more than a week after we arrived home, Sweden went into a national lock down, and the UK soon followed.
At this point, though, we were newly weds, and we were enjoying each others company, so this lockdown didn’t matter to us too much. Sure, we missed family, but this was only going to last a few weeks, right…?
So we hunkered down, and kept ourselves entertained indoors, watching movies and playing board games. To us, nothing could have been better! But we were sad for the people who’s parties and events had to be cancelled. My Mam had her 50th party scheduled for the day the lockdown began!
The initial lockdown was a 3 week period. Unfortunately, this spanned Easter weekend.
Easter is one of our favourite times of the year. Jess is a Christian so it’s an important holiday for her regardless. We get to watch some great Easter based films and attend an Easter church service, which I must say, is always fascinating. And on top of that, not only do we get to spring clean and get to decorate our house accordingly, but there’s chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. We even have our own little Easter Bunny, Nala. And who can forget the ultimate indulgence, the Easter Dinner. Jess makes a fantastic Easter roast, complete with a roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic butter, home made gravy, and all the trimmings! I am getting hungry just thinking of it! We would usually make a big deal of it, and invite the family round to join us for a spectacular feast, but things had to be different this year. So we ate in our own company. Followed by a FaceTime call that evening between Jess and her family.
I don’t quite remember the topic of conversation. I was far too full to eavesdrop. But one thing did prick up my ears. Jess was talking to Emily, her sister, my now sister-in-law. She said that Jess appeared to be glowing. Little did we know at the time that she was right, Jess was indeed glowing. A nice, healthy, early pregnancy glow.