I do hope that you and your nearest and dearest are safe and as comfortable as is possible at this harrowing time.
The Clan has always primarily been a source of comfort and strength for me. A gang of old friends that you know you can always turn to. And even though we may not all be able to meet regularly, the reach of the Clan has always been wide and we know that as family and friends, we will ultimately always be there for one another. While these times now seem so dark, the solace that can be found in the kind words of our kith and kin, with whom we share so much common history and interests, can help us all see through to brighter days. As so many of us are now largely physically cut off from one another, with uncertainty over how long this will last, we can at least be thankful that modern communication means we can be electronically just a click away.
Vanessa, Kyla and myself are fine right now. Kyla is blissfully unaware of global events, and seems much more interested in rolling over, squealing and grabbing my glasses from my face. My need to pay so much attention to her, and, of course, her innocence, is a welcome distraction from the crisis. Singapore’s border has effectively been closed, but at the time of writing I am still going to work, as we are not currently under any lockdown. But social distancing measures are being strengthened and the situation out here, as everywhere, changes day by day.
Despite the worry of the situation, may our common ties and friendship help us through these bleak days, to remember that the darkest hour is just before dawn.
And to those of you on the front-line and those who are providing help to others in whatever way you can, our respect and thanks are immeasurable. My thoughts are with you all, and let us hope that it will not be too long before we can get through this and will be able to meet together again.