The fourth knock was what stirred Grant from his slumber. He figured he needed a doorbell. And soon.
He got off his chair, placed his feet in his slippers, and opened the door to find his neighbour Eve.
“Hey, fancy nipping out for a walk?” she asked.
“Do you know what time it is?” he said.
“Oh don’t remind me of the time, I have plenty of it. Far too much to spare” she said
“Yeah, but…what about the pandemic?”
“Pandemic?” Eve replied, an eyebrow rose in curiosity.
“Don’t you watch the news?” Grant asked, a little perplexed.
“Not if I can help it too”
“You’d best keep indoors; you’re not safe out there. Nobody is”
“I’ve never seen clearer skies, this must be doing a lot for the environment. I always said you should pay attention to what the kids are saying at these protest rallies. Modest little planeteers”
Grant opted to humour Eve with some commentary of his own.
“Yeah, well if you ask me, this was Mother Earth’s way of letting us know exactly what it’s thought of all the divisions going on in the world. Cartoon Presidents, Brexit, litterbugs, the lot of it. This is all a reaction to how split down the middle the human race is. If you want to sort it out in a biblical sense, this is God grounding us”
“Well, maybe God sent me along to remind you there’s something for us all to explore. I can’t imagine a more peaceful world than the one we have right now”
“You really are a day late and an hour later on everything that’s gone on aren’t you?” Grant said, permitting himself a warm and contented smile, his spirits already lifted.
“If this is what’s ahead of me, we need to put our best feet forward behind us” she said.
Grant let out a hearty laugh, this was the final bit of convincing he needed, and he headed back inside to fetch his coat.