Stay(ing) home

I am struggling finding the words. In between attempting to provide some opportunities to explore and engage(but not school, because lets face it, I’m not their school teacher) and gently love and calm and settle three children who are not used to spending so much time in each others company in a world that appears to be falling down all around them, and making all of the snacks (seriously, why do they eat so much?!) and finding the socks and the shoes and disinfecting and vacuuming and hand washing and trying to keep screens to a minimum (who am I kidding!?)… well there isn’t a lot of me left at any time of the day.

We are doing what all the other families are doing all around the world. The very best we can. What more could we expect of ourselves? Or each other? Or our children?

Some days I feel totally unproductive. And then I realise. All of this is productive, it’s just productive in the new order of things. The children are safe. The house is warm. There is food on the table. There has been sun on the skin. I’m taking photos again. We are still laughing. We are together. We are doing okay.

We are doing okay.

You are doing okay.

But fuck it feels hard to breathe sometimes.

What is getting YOU through the long days at home?

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  • April 9, 2020 - 10:15 am

    Reannon - Much of my day feels the same because I am lucky enough to still have some work but then I get home & kids need to be schooled & all the other house stuff needs doing but extra because three kids are now home ALL DAY EVERY DAY!

    I wrote the other day that returning to things of comfort is very helpful to me right now. That means reading books I’ve already read, watching tv shows or movies I’ve seen, cooking for the joy of it & getting outdoors as much as I can, whether it be yo dig in the garden or take children & pets for a walk. All very helpful. As is connecting on Instagram which is not something I normally find helpful but in these wild & wooly times it is.ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2020 - 1:26 am

    Patricia - I definitely have pandemic privilege. I already do some work remotely, I have been able to move some of my sessions onto Zoom. My youngest is 16, so I do not have littles at home. I am currently doing emergency respite for a family whose father is dying, he has a couple of weeks at most. The family has an adult son with autism living at home. He is my focus, watching someone you love fade away is always sad and heartbreaking, but during a pandemic, there is an extra layer of heartbreak because your friends and family cannot gather around you to provide support. It will be a lonely walk for his wife once he is gone, with none of the rituals of grieving that we are used to.ReplyCancel

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