We need to be kind in these crazy Covid-19 fuelled days.
Be kind to people even if they do come close looking at you as though you are about to murder them with a sneeze. Be kind to people you don't know and maybe even more importantly be kind to those that you do.
It's hard when you're cooped up with someone day in day out, but being kind to those closest to you should always be a pre-requisite of day to day living. It's easy to forget and to not give those that you love the most the same telephone voice you that you give everyone else.
I do my best, but I'm not perfect. But Alan is still alive so that's saying something ... surely!!
I was kind to a wasp yesterday, after a false start.
I was busy washing pots, daydreaming as you do, half looking out of the window at the birds splashing in the birdbath in the old rhubarb bed, half watching as the dried on bits of pasta gradually dissolved as I scrubbed and scrubbed at the baking tray, when I heard the littlest of thuds on the windowsill. I looked up and there was the body of a wasp, legs upwards. I'll see if I can revive him when I've finished the pots was my immediate thought. So I did, I finished the pots and then got a spoonful of sugar added a few drops of water to form a sticky mess and put it near the prone wasp. It showed no interest, so I gave him the littlest of pokes. Nothing ... as dead as a dodo and almost as stiff. Oh well I thought, and put his little body in the compost bucket ... I'm nothing if not environmentally friendly, ashes to ashes, dust to dust and all that.
Then an hour or so later when I was putting something else in the compost bucket I moved it slightly and there behind it was the body of another wasp. Aha ... thought I this is the one that fell off the window!! So I repeated my sugar, water, spoon trick and put it right next to the prone, but legs still kicking wasp. Immediately his little proboscis started twitching and he climbed up, making a pretty remarkable recovery. I gave him a minute to drink up some of the sugary water and then took him and the spoon outside and placed them near some flowers.
I don't know how long he lasted or where he is now, but a little life saved for how ever long it lasts is worth feeling pleased about.
I'm kind like this on a daily basis to all the little insects I find in the sheep's water buckets, fishing them out with pieces of grass or leaves and putting them on the grass to dry out. A life a day is my current rate of rescue.
Every little helps ... to quote a famous supermarket that cares not a jot for bugs!!