The caring ways of a reformed Sex Pistol
We've probably heard the word ‘care’ mentioned more than most during 2020 as COVID-19 has gripped the world.
Care homes; care for the elderly; care for those with mental health issues as a result of the pandemic; and care for ourselves and others as we went, and continue to go about, protecting ourselves from its consequences.
Care comes from the most unexpected areas and that it should emerge from a guy who was once seen as the most anti-establishment figure of his generation – the punk icon and founding member of The Sex Pistols, John Lydon – is deeply encouraging. It shows that even in an increasingly selfish world, love and care are still an integral part of our DNA.
Dubbed “Johnny Rotten” in his punk hey-day, 64-year-old Lydon displays these qualities as he cares for his wife, Nora Forster, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
In the 1970s and 80s, Lydon was the antithesis of all things rebellious. Move on to the present day and he is now devoted to nothing else but making his 74-year-old wife as comfortable, contented, happy and cared-for as possible in the twilight of her days.
“Love is all you need,” as Jesus Christ declared all those years ago.
In a newspaper interview recently, he explained: “We’ve lived together for 45 years. We’re well and truly attached at the hip.
“She knows bits of her memory are going all the time and shows me in her eyes that she’s frightened, but she’s ever so brave and brilliant and beautiful about handling it. She’ll forget many things, but she won’t forget me. Although she still thinks the other John – the younger one – is much better looking than this one.”
As a fulltime carer, Lydon is part of a large, invisible and often unsung army.
Carers UK, a charity dedicated to supporting them, estimates 4.5 million people have become unpaid carers during the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the 9.1 million Britons who already care for friends and family.