I followed the news of the pandemic with interest at the beginning of
the year. I am not concerned about my mortality and the pandemic
didn’t change that. We all have to die at some point. However, as it
became evident that the virus was deadly and was spreading, my
wife and I developed a cautious respect for the risks it might present.
Our daughter did our food shopping and we were careful not to go to
places where there were too many other people.
We were planning to go on a long trip this year to visit family and
friends in other parts of the world. It started to dawn on us in March that
our plans might be impacted by the virus. I became concerned for my
son who lives with his wife in northern India. While they have not come
into contact with the virus, their business is dependent on tourism and
by March it was clear that their income was going to be very limited
this year. It has and continues to be a very worrying time for them. I feel
fortunate that the biggest inconvenience for us is that this trip had to
We live in a two generation property and our home has been
undergoing renovations. At the beginning of lockdown the normal high
level of activity stopped. With the schools closed and the builders
gone, I found myself drinking coffee with my grandson a lot. We had
long deeply reflective conversations about what was going on. It
was wonderful to have this extra time with him and to appreciate
the different perspectives of the younger generation. He was looking
forward to going to university and it wasn’t clear what was going to
happen with that for a long time, but he took it in his stride.
I was amazed at how our granddaughter adapted to home schooling.
It didn’t seem to bother her too much not being at school and she would
spend her mornings talking to her teachers through her computer. She
loves gymnastics and had me watching her routines on the trampoline
in her “PE lessons”.
Undoubtedly being required to stay at home was made much easier by
the glorious weather we had. I spent a lot of time outside in the garden
and doing jobs around the house. I continued to paint completing one
landscape painting and then a portrait. We walked our dogs on the
cliff paths and the beaches when we could and we felt fortunate that
our experience was mainly positive during lockdown. Life was much
simpler and there was a lot about that that I liked.
We know that for many of our friends their experience was very different,
some found the restrictions very hard to accept and many felt isolated.