Would you agree that the pandemic has triggered much strange behaviour ?
Mental health suffers during lockdowns; humans thrive and survive on social contact.
We heard the fire truck whiz past our house yesterday !
Some young people decided that they had had enough of isolating and social distancing.
They came to the beach behind our house, collected a pile of driftwood, and started a fire. A neighbour apparently saw the billowing smoke and called the volunteer fire department.
Firefighters extinguished the flames, and talked to the group of young folks about their risky behavior. Beach fires are prohibited in our community since a previous such fire that got out of control burned down a section of sea fencing two years ago.
With shed parties banned, schools closed, and tourists being told by the police that they cannot come here, our younger residents are becoming more restless and frustrated.
Often young people are less experienced than adults in identifying, tolerating and modifying their emotions. Moreover, adolescents are often reluctant to discuss unpleasant feelings with the adults in their lives. They need our prayers and our compassion.
May God give us the grace to understand that people react differently to stress, and may he increase our empathy and our tolerance for others.