By Joe Williams
Do you realise, I wonder, that this isn’t normal?
That just because it happened early on in your life
doesn’t mean we’ll repeat the trick every few years,
like the Olympic Games you’ll have to wait to see.
And do you understand that this isn’t just a game?
The longest ever hide and seek, the opposite of tiggy.
None of it is just for fun. It isn’t what we planned.
We’re just trying hard to survive.
I’ve never known a world so fragile.
I’ve never known a world that stood so still,
and I’ve known many more worlds than you.
If I ask you, years from this,
what’s the first thing you remember,
what will you say?
Near the start of lockdown I was thinking about how children’s
experience of, and perspective on the pandemic would differ from those of adults, particularly for pre-school or early years children. Do they realise what an extraordinary thing this really is? I’ve no doubt that I will think back on this time for the rest of my life, but will they? I wrote ‘Distance’ as an imaginary conversation exploring those thoughts.