Adapting To Isolation


Currently as an ill-mannered virus makes its presence felt in every corner of the globe many of us are being asked to live on our own, or with a spouse we occasionally discuss breakfast cereals with and this calls for an enormous adjustment.

I am a “people person,” a company seeker, and man who threatens to sing at the bar after a few sips of ale but I am being asked to remain largely within the confines of my own dwelling with no one to speak to. What to do?

After a while I decided to hold a dinner party where every aspect of my personality was invited to attend and speak through various snacks arranged on tables around the room. Once this was done I declared the proceedings open. This is what happened.

Chrisps “Isn’t it lovely not having to go out when its raining and pretending we are enjoying ourselves.”

( I then move to another chair )

Peanuts “ Oh I don’t know, I like to get out every now and then and face nature in the raw so to speak

Hummus “Are you suggesting you leave the house in a totally naked state Peanuts !!”

Peanuts, “Let’s not get too literal Hummus. I just mean there is a pleasure in experiencing every kind of weather”

Salad, “Mind you, I don’t like too much heat. It always makes me wilt”

Chrisps “I can see that Salad. No one is going to call you one of life’s great adventurers”

And so we go on with me moving from seat to seat, munching, crunching and chewing my way through our conversation giving voice to a range of opinions best kept safely within these four walls.

Tomorrow I understand Crisps is going to challenge Peanuts to game of chess which should be interesting as I’’m not sure either of them know how to play

About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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33 Responses to Adapting To Isolation

  1. delphini510 says:

    To have a more or less forced isolation from the outdoor world can bring out many truths.
    My cereal, nuts, seeds, berries, yoghurt are all mixed together in happy harmony. I just enjoy the flavours.
    A new venture awaits, find out what interest those close. Good luck.

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  2. Lovely! I can see that Peanuts will surely win.
    🙂 I just speak to the cat. She is very uninterested but I am going to teach her French.
    We will surely keep sane this way 🙂 xxx

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  3. Thank you for the laugh – stay safe! Thinking of you and yours.

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  4. Al says:

    Thank goodness I am not alone. I swear the other day I heard the bowl of Oreos having an argument with the bowl of M & M’s! I had to eat them all to shut them up.

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  5. I believe humor is the highest form of divine coping. Else why so many tricks that lie in wait in our beloved universe. Soldier on, my friend. We shall get through this together.

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  6. busbybabes19 says:

    Witty and uplifting … just what is needed in this surreal situation…keep safe.

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  7. Nice, brought a much needed smile.

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  8. beth says:

    i’ll be having dinner with flaming hot cheetos- (saucy and latin), sour cream chips ‘n dip (fun lovin’), pasta with everything (bohemian, flexible, and creative,)and ethiopian coffee (rich and lovely), . quite a crew.

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  9. Arbie says:

    Haha great post! And just don’t get the biscuits started, they never shut up!

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  10. Margy says:

    No chocolate?

    We are ‘socially distancing’ – not isolating – as per the instructions issued where we are. Though that translates more into isolating most of the time for us (seniors over a certain age…) there are still many opportunities to talk to others from a safe distance while walking the streets (gym is closed). We’ve also entertained guests in the back yard (well spaced apart). This truly is the upside to living in a state that is pleasantly warm this time of year!

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  11. And now there is a secret police salami on every corner just waiting to pounce should you venture out more than once in any 24 hour period. The poor dog has her legs clamped together until 2:00am for fear of being spotted!
    Take care of yourself and keep posting – it’s all we have left!

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  12. wdfyfe says:

    Great post. I’ve put a beer in every corner of the apartment and I’m calling it a pub crawl. cheers

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  13. mistermuse says:

    If Peanuts were Chess nuts, that would solve the problem (or, probably at least cause Crisps to back off).

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  14. Scarlet says:

    Awww… Mr ducks!! Please stay safe, and I hope you have enough nibbles to see you through. I have started a writing challenge if you’re interested?
    Sxxxx

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  15. araneus1 says:

    Brilliant concept!

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  16. I loved this. Funny and entertaining

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  17. nelle says:

    Nuts is likely the direction in which I am pointed.

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  18. Lovely blog! Really enjoyed reading it during this time… I’ve written a little blog, it takes on a different angle on this pandemic. 🙂 https://maisarra.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/the-journey-begins/

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  19. Robin says:

    This Peter absolutely made my day!!!!! THANK YOU!

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