Trying to do the responsible thing and not panic-buy is all very well – until you’re in an actual blind panic because you haven’t seen any toilet roll for Try.
Having tried the fifth shop that day, I asked the man behind a corner shop counter in the Ferry if he knew when his next delivery would come.
A customer, perhaps sensing my rising fear, offered to get me one from his house, which was just along the road.
I didn’t take him up on the offer, but was touched by the act of kindness.
As the government has briefed, that’s what will get us through these oddest of times.
Checking on an elderly neighbour to see if they need a shop; putting what we can in food banks or donating to groups set up for those in need – just being decent human beings.
Some won’t be able to help because they are too vulnerable themselves.
While every single one of us must be anxious to varying degrees, the truth is that doing nice things takes us out of our own problems and fears even for a while.