Like everyone else across Great Britainshire, the people of Wivenhoe awoke this morning with an extra skip in their step, brimming with the pleasure of returning to work after a period of far too much inactivity.
Even though the trains still aren’t running from Wivenhoe station following the snow in December, joyous commuters excitedly conga’d their way down the train tracks towards London town, thrilled to finally put their new season tickets to use.
Meanwhile, those that use their cars to travel to work were ecstatic to note that the roads were once again a buzz of activity and that the opportunity to sit for hours in slow-moving traffic were plentiful.
Commuter John Mann told Good Morning Britain: “I’ve spent the last 10 days sat in a stupor in front of the TV stuffing my breathing hole with chocolate and booze and I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed the adrenaline of looking over spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. It’s great to be back at the coalface and the fact that the cost of my season ticket has increased 25 percent and there are no trains running is the icing on the top of a very sugary cake. God, I’ve missed this!”
For car commuter man Jeremy Cockson, the same tingle of excitement was clear to see: “To think that I’ve spent the last few days wasting my time with my wife and family when I could’ve been making more money for my deserving boss really irks me. I can’t express just how thrilled I am to be back at it, and I can’t wait to get into the emails that I’ve missed over the last week or so. Just thinking about the fuel that I’m saving by travelling at 3mph has put a big smile on my face. It’s good to be back god dammit!”
While the joy of the nation to be back at work is clear for all to see, a potential sour note lies in the fact that Easter is early this year and that in just a couple of months we’ll all be forced to spend yet more time away from our desks. We can only hope that the next few weeks go by slowly so that we can savour every sweet moment.