It's been a funny old week. Plans have been made and changed several times and disappointment has ensued. One of them was that I was supposed to pick my sister-in-law up today from the care home where she is staying but it was cancelled last night. Apparantly they have closed the home for four days because some of the residents have contracted the Novovirus.
As I said, I was disappointed. I'd been looking forward to seeing her and catching up. I've not seen her for various reasons since before Xmas. First we had to cancel because of the snow and now this. I guess in the scheme of things you could consider this unimportant. However, my sister-in-law is in her eighties and small things loom large when your elderly and infections take a bigger toll than when you're young and healthy. We will of course rearrange when she's better. The main thing is that she feels loved and supported.
When I think about it I've wasted a lot of time over the years feeling frustrated when plans didn't come to fruition or arrangements weren't adhered to. I used to feel thwarted. As if I was being got at in some way. When really these things just happen.
There are various sayings about controlling what you can and accepting what you can't. However, if I'm honest, I'm still practicing. At the same time I do have the hope that I'll get there one day and accept as Burns opined that, 'the best laid schemes of mice and men go often awry'.