Love in the Time of Corona

 

A poster of fun things to do at home, entitled "LOCKDOWN FUN!". Coloured textas on butcher's paper. Includes "Baking", "Treasure hunts", and "Pillow blanket forts"

So tomorrow’s our first day of full-Corona-Lockdown. Matilda and Christopher will be on break from high school, Harry and Annie will be home as usual, but unlikely to want to do any lessons when their siblings are on holidays, and there’ll be no kinder for Daisy and Poppy.

Somehow, this whole Corona crisis has thrown me into a sort of adrenaline-fuelled Pollyanna persona. Why, this is a blessing in disguise! Clear schedules! Family togetherness! Let’s go make some wonderful memories!

It’s weird, really. I should be suffering more. My extrovert heart should be crushed from social deprivation. My Catholic soul should ache with hunger for the Eucharist. My writer’s mind should itch for a chance to work on my novel (note to all you Facebook writers who are raving about how many words you’re going to get down while you’re under house arrest. I’m happy for you. Really I am. Meanwhile, I do all my writing in cafes and libraries, so…)

But I’m not suffering. Pollyanna mode won’t let me feel these things. At least, not yet. Did you know we have two birthdays at home this week? Tomorrow, Annie turns eight (!), then on Thursday it’s my husband’s birthday. I was talking to my sister Jan about this today, going on about cake decorating and presents and bonfires and glow sticks and s’mores and party games. She got a hefty dose of my Pollyanna spirit.

”You’re right,” she said, “It’s important to keep your spirits up. Did you know there are some people who don’t call it ‘self isolation’, they call it ‘self retreat’?”

”Oh yeah?” I said, “Perhaps they should try sharing a house with two relentlessly hyperactive four-year-olds. Happy fucking retreat, guys!”

With many apologies:

https://laptopontheironingboard.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/love-in-the-time-of-corona/

OK, so it was a brief lapse, but it wasn’t long before Pollyanna was back in full force. I sat down with my kids and a packet of textas and we wrote down as many fun things as we could think of that we could still do while in lockdown.

A second poster of fun things to do at home, entitled "LOCKDOWN FUN!". Coloured textas on butcher's paper. Includes "Make bath bombs", "Kids cook dinner", "record audiobook", "stop motion lego" and "Make crabapple jelly"

 

I’m trying really hard to ignore the fact that most of these things are not so much fun for ME.

 

Here’s what MY fun list would look like

1. Endless Jane Austen screen adaptations featuring dishy men with smouldering scowls.

2. A quiet room with NOBODY TOUCHING ME.

3. Gin. 

 

I’ll keep you all updated. Please let me apologise for swearing. I haven’t used bad language on the blog before and I don’t plan to do it again, but I think we can all agree, we are living in strange and unusual times which warrant an errant f-bomb.

Jan says “I love pandemic Kate!”

9 thoughts on “Love in the Time of Corona

  1. Anna Eastland

    AH, have missed you and was wondering how you are! Love all you lists, especially the last one!!!
    Keep fricking smiling!! Rah! Rah! cheering you on from Canada!!
    love to you!!

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  2. Mary Rose

    I love this Kate! My brother Peter canceled his annual Easter brunch for the family, but sent us their secret recipes for their favorite dishes! Bonus!!!!

    On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 4:57 AM Laptop on the Ironing Board wrote:

    > katelikestocreate posted: ” So tomorrow’s our first day of > full-Corona-Lockdown. Matilda and Christopher will be on break from high > school, Harry and Annie will be home as usual, but unlikely to want to do > any lessons when their siblings are on holidays, and there’ll be n” >

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    1. katelikestocreate Post author

      Sending love, Anna! Do you ever watch When Calls the Heart? It’s syrup-sweet, but I’m still addicted. Another Canadian red-head who puts me in mind of you!
      Hope lock-down is treating you well xxx

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  3. chimes3766

    Fabulous work Kate – I am amazed at the size of your ‘COVID-19 to-do’ lists 🙂
    Sorry your only places of creative expression through the written word have closed, though 😦 Hang in there! And keep ‘Pollyanna Blogger’ coming in these dark days.
    Richard
    PS I’m quite sure that your Catholic soul _not_ aching with hunger for the Eucharist will be more than compensated for by your Catholic guilt niggling at you because your Catholic soul let the side down 😀

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    1. katelikestocreate Post author

      Thanks, Richard! Pollyanna has calmed down of late, as we’ve settled into routine, but never crashed as I feared it might. I still get over-the-top excited at any chance to socialise and wear high-heels to my Zoom calls.
      On Sunday, we’re going to really-truly Mass! Having altar-server kids helps keep our numbers down.

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  4. kazacrafty

    Thank you this is so fantastic! My daughter has finished her homework so I’ve put a list of links on one of my pages so She can access them herself, like visits to museums and I’m adding zoos today
    🐪🐫🐦🐊🦉

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