Well, we’ve been in lockdown here in the UK for two weeks now, this is the start of week 3. It’s all very normal in some ways – I don’t usually go to work and I’m not hugely sociable. I’ve long since perfected the art of staying in the house, only washing or getting dressed when I need to and not seeing anyone. I’m not entirely convinced that all these homebody newbies have the knack of perpetual home being yet.
The main difference to me is that I can’t see my friends or non residential family, which is horrible after only three weeks – but I do speak to my mother every day which is new. Also new is that pretty much everyone in the whole world is either at home or doing an incredible stresses version of their usual job. So there’s an infinitely higher amount of activity for those at home than there usually is, as entertainers and similar are all isolating also. The online content at the moment is superb and I’m not sure how we will cope when it dries up after lockdown ends.
Inevitable everyone is on social media. Which means Instagram is brilliant, and Facebook is awful. I’ve managed to fall out with half my estate on a single post in a Facebook group set up for neighbours, and I’ve been muted (NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE) in another group for swearing. I didn’t swear at any person, incidentally, I used a horrid word to describe the people who are out and about and not adhering to the lockdown. Which I would say is fair. But anyway, as I can’t be trusted, I’ve left both groups now as I remember that I’m no good at the socialising thing. The main good thing about being home and dysfunctional is that I don’t have to mingle with normal people that have normal, functioning lives. Now we are “all in this together” and I’m not a huge fan of togetherness.
The schools are now on holiday but for the preceding two weeks the kids were still essentially in school, just at home. Behold levels of humble bragging like never before seen.
I give you:And these are just typical examples, nothing out of the ordinary.
My children, who normally have to be dragged out of bed, and who jump at any possible excuse to stay home, were keen to complete the work sent home for them and get it submitted. Seems that 2 hours solid work at any time of day at all, with the rest of waking time being dedicated to computer games works well for them. And that pretty much covers the school work they’d do. I’m not sure if the braggy parents went to school themselves as they seem to think kids go in at 9am, then heads down, learn an entire topic solidly, until 3pm.
My kids obviously miss their friends, but for the first time ever, they are kind of appreciating having siblings. I’m not sure how great all five of us in the house all the time is going to be after it becomes months rather than weeks, but we will see. Thank heavens for computers.
As I said before, it is now the holidays so we can concentrate on such things as housework, gardening and enjoying online amusements. Like I always do. But with everyone else doing it to.
I am incidentally aware that there are amazing people who are still going out to work. They are brilliant, all of them, and I thank any I come into (distant) contact with.
I don’t have a very high opinion of the people who able to be at home but are completely bending the rules to try and get more “freedom”. We are all in the same position. Those who are in flats should wander through the park; those who have gardens should use them. It’s a serious situation and if people want to see their family and get back to normal, they have to stay home and be good. They should let the people who have to be out get on in peace and reserve going out for the essentials.
Politics are strange. The POTUS is still being enigmatically in denial about it all. And everywhere else opposition parties are complimenting each other and being supportive. In Scotland our chief medical officer just resigned because she absolutely didn’t follow her own guidelines about staying at home, and in the UK the Prime Minister has been admitted to hospital with Covid-19 which is actually very scary. I don’t agree with his politics, but I do wish him a full recovery. He’s in charge and we need him.
These are strange times. On one hand I am living my dream life of very low expectations; on the other hand there are a lot of other people in it – mostly virtually, but still there. All the time.
I do fear what the world will be like when the people, who have proven themselves to be pretty much self serving, all want to get their share of the things they’ve been denied all at once.
When the world has to consider the economic impact.
When we stop getting free things and are able to buy toilet roll freely.
It’s hard to imagine being able to do ordinary things. Fiction is hard because the people involved just do CRAZY things like hug, and go to parties and get on buses, and it’s very worrying. Of course I watched Contagion. They did at least take suitable precautions.
What is normal now? Who knows.