17th of May is Norway’s constitution day. This year the celebration of this was a bit different than it usually is, but there was still celebrations to be had. Our newest guidelines says that we can be up to 20 people gathered as long as we are able to keep a meter’s distance. The weather was not on our side, we had a bit of sleet and snow the days before, but this day had rain and wind. Not the best weather to be out in. I had an invite for a tapas lunch with some members of my family, so I had to get up early in the morning to get my contribution ready. We now got our car and just before seven in the morning I headed out for the events of the day.
As I play in a band 17th of May is usually filled with a lot of parades and playing. This year there was no parades, but we could go play on different places locally and everything was live streamed by the local paper. People are usually happy to see us, but this time many of them the people hearing us from their own garden and their balconies had tears in their eyes. It was quite moving to see. Especially from the older people in the nursing homes we played outside.
The family gathering was lovely and after playing I had no car to think of, so I got some lovely bubbles in my glass. We ate talked and took part in the initiative from the government that everyone was to go outside to sing the national anthem at one o’clock. After that I veged out on the sofa for the reminder of the day, an felt like I would never be hungry again. So some things were just the same as they always are.
Hope you are all doing well!