On Wednesday we woke up to day 100 of lockdown. Yes you read it right, ONE HUNDRED DAYS!
Let’s just say it has been an interesting time! It has been a massive test, a test of our resolve, our resilience, our patience, our relationship, our character, our teaching skills, our parenting skills. I could go on but I think you get what I’m saying. I could also add my liver to that list but then that would sound like I have a problem! I can assure you I don’t and in reality when I’ve thought that I needed a beer, the good old fashioned English cuppa has come to my rescue.
I’d like to say that after 100 days I could bring a new life skill to the table, the thought was there on weeks one and two but the interest slowly dwindled after the countless times of trying to sit down with Mila-Rose or Alfie to do their school work! Any energy I had hoped to reserve for ‘me time’ had been well and truly zapped by the time they were in bed.
I’m happy to say though that Mila-Rose and Alfie have learnt a new language during their time in lockdown. They are now fluent American! Yes the countless hours of watching Ryan’s World, Daily Bumps, The Stella Show, Ninja Kidz on YouTube has well and truly paid off! During pretend play they often ‘Go down to the store‘, maybe whilst they are there they will pick up some ‘diapers‘ for their dolls. They’ll say ‘Can I get?’ or say ‘Mommy, we’re going to McDonalds for a take-out’. Thankfully they’ve not asked for a fanny pack yet to put their dollars in! I’m constantly reminding them that they are from Northern England! You may think we need to stop them from watching this trash but that’s my bad! If it keeps them quiet and gives us a half hour of peace and quiet then that’s ok. You do the math!
Happy Independence Day to my American followers and please don’t be offended by what you have just read! It’s literally tongue in cheek but can I just ask you this… Does watching Peppa Pig or Harry Potter give your kids an English accent?
Carrying on slightly with the Americanisms but how hungry are the kids of today? Every 15 minutes we’re asked ‘Can I have a snack?’ or ‘I’m hungry’. Honestly 3 days after the weekly shop has arrived all the candy has gone!
My saving grace during these 100 days has been the chance to focus a little bit on my writing. It’s very cathartic. I’ve been promoting myself on Twitter through my duchDad account and it really has introduced me to a whole new community. There really are some amazing writers out there who write very open and honest accounts of their lives, I’d encourage you to check them out. I often retweet them so give my page a follow!
During the early honeymoon period of lockdown the WhatsApp messages were flooding in, the Zoom calls were all shiny and new and we’d all found the new way of socialising. Some have dropped off but some have gone from strength to strength. One in particular has been a weekly Zoom forum with 8 or 9 mates where we’ve discussed our best and worst sporting moments (mostly football). I have to say it’s been fantastic, something we can all look forward to and the chance to catch up and have a few beers. We’ve probably learnt more about each other during the last 15 weeks than we have in 30 years!
We’ve also had some amazing gestures of goodwill from our family and friends during these 100 days. To have them turn up unexpectedly and leave a small gift bag of goodies on your doorstep really does leave a bit of grit in your eye. You know who you are and you don’t realise how much it means to us. It really has brightened up many a dark day.
I’m not sure what the long term impact of all this will be.
We’ve got to start to look ahead about life post-lockdown and plan something to look forward to but it’s still so uncertain so it’s bound to make you feel anxious..
I’m just looking forward to being able to go out for a meal with our family or friends. I don’t really crave a big celebration in the pub. I’m too old for that! I just want surroundings that I feel comfortable in with the people that we love.
Have you learnt a new life skill during lockdown? What are you looking forward to most post-lockdown? Have you been to the pub, if so did you feel at ease?
Have a great week!