I’d originally intended to write about a knitting project this weekend, but I’m rather blown away by the speed at which everything has changed. A week ago we Knew Something Was Up, and a friend and I decided to call off a trip to Oxford on the train to go to the Natural History Museum as we thought it was unwise. We also thought we were maybe over-reacting. In the space of a week, I’ve had to close up the part of the library I run, work out what to take home with me in order to work for who knows how long at home, move all meetings to virtual, say goodbye to a host of volunteers without actually seeing them, forage in shops for essential supplies and get messages out to neighbours to see if they need help. LO’s preschool closed down as part of the school closures, so we were suddenly plunged into a world of two of us working from home with a four year old to look after at the same time.
It all seems very strange, and I’m not really sure what to make of it all. It’s frightening – a visit to the pharmacy where all the staff were wearing hazmat suits and masks really brought it home how much trouble we’re heading into.
I’ve reacted in my usual way – by making lists! My first list was divided up into sections and had ideas for self-isolation activities. LO isn’t used to spending all day everyday at home with Mummy and Daddy. In fact, the last day we actually spent entirely at home was when she was a few weeks old, as, since then, we’ve always gone out somewhere in the morning, even if only to the park round the corner. That, of course, is no longer an option, although we have had a couple of trips out in the car to places where we could walk without coming across anybody else. I’ve divided my list up into outside (in the garden), and inside – cooking, games, art and craft, and resurrected my collection of toddler activity ideas. She isn’t a toddler any more, but it’s still something to have around that will produce some more variety.
My church has started live broadcasting services with just the vicar (and his cat!) there. I’m impressed with the speed they’ve moved with this (the Church of England doesn’t tend to do anything very fast), and, although there were a few glitches, we’ve been able to “join in” a few services already. They are broadcasting every day, which I hope a lot of people will find helpful. I know some of the more elderly people at church have lost most of the things they used to do and are now stuck at home on their own, so hopefully this will help them, if they have access. There is a telephone buddy scheme for those that don’t too.
I know I’m a lot luckier than many people – the OH and I are both able to work from home, so our jobs are keeping going. I’m stuck at home with the two people I love most in all the world, which won’t be the case for some people. We have our garden, which is already proving to be an essential for exercise, activity and interest. Spring has suddenly taken off with leaves emerging and birds singing. I have my wool stash, and a load of gardening to do too. It looks like we’ve got a lot to keep us busy. Who knows, maybe this’ll mean I actually do get round to sorting out the shed?! I’m not plunging into too much immediately. It looks like this is going to go on for a while…
What are your plans for coping with the new normal?