Yesterday for the first time in weeks, it didn’t rain. After endless hours of typing, staring at my computer screen and attempting to teach phonics to a stubborn four-year-old, I jumped at the chance to get out for a socially-distanced walk with my friend Diana, who I’ve lived next door to for the past eight years.


Di and I have always got on. She’s funny and blunt and gives excellent advice. Pre-Covid, she was regularly swimming multiple lengths of the nearby outdoor pool, going on holiday with friends and recommending new restaurants that I hadn’t even heard of yet. Our walks are much the same as a walk with any of my other friends, but for one exception – while I am in my mid-30s, Di has just turned 80.


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