Not what I expected. I was sure this was a yellow rose last year!
It’s definitely red.
I was reading an article about the main things that have surprised people about the Pandemic and it’s impact on lifestyles. The author went for 5 things – Boredom of not physically meeting people, missing going to Pubs, Parties and Restaurants, missing playing Golf with friends, how hard mask wearing is and how much she misses going on holiday.
Ok let’s have a stab at this. What are the five things which has surprised me about the Pandemic. What was I not expecting.
- The impact that just not being able to buy just a few of the useful foodstuffs can have on mine and Hawklads life,
- How quickly you can settle in to new ways,
- How much money you save if you avoid going to shops,
- The way days and weeks can just merge into each other if you take out things like the school run and most shopping trips,
- Just how difficult it is sometimes balance homeschooling, with work, domestic duties and things like running.
I guess a fundamental difference between me and the author is circumstances. She and her husband both work. They have one kid of a similar age to Hawklad but that child seems to spend a lot of the time with friends and doing group activities like sport. They use babysitters to allow for frequent social activities for her and hubby. So yes the Pandemic will have a major impact on her family’s social life. I can so understand why she would list those five things.
My life is currently different. I am a single parent to a kid with Aspergers. Even before the Pandemic I was partly cut off from society. Enforced isolation due to parental requirements. Many other people are in a similar position due to a range of circumstances. So if anything the Pandemic hasn’t really changed that much in terms of social contact for me. Yes it might have tightened things up a little further. But fundamentally there has been few radical changes. If anything it feels like for a few months some other people life’s have become a little more like my normal routine. Maybe it’s provided a glimpse for some people into what daily life actual feels like for many people out their. A daily life which existed before the pandemic.
I quite like this five unexpected things idea. Might see what if throws up in terms of things like grief and Aspergers.