How do you tell your kids how the world has changed since 2019?
I have three small kids, and nothing is easy, plague or no plague. The fact that got most of us, though, was the quarantine, and as I type today, staring at the window that school starts Monday. Every day we were all stuck with nothing to do with each other. And then there were the husbands. Who needs 2-3 mothers-in-law (no offence), and on the other side of the fence, the husbands/ brothers/ fathers had a hard time justifying that what they did on PC was indeed work.
The “virus” was everywhere. The only place it was not at was in the air, although not much can be said about the epsilon variant. The look of fright on faces about to go out, the mobile charging stations at the house’s entry, treatment of shoes like the virus sat on them. Then there were the numbers, the numbing details of the disease. 5G! yes, somewhere along the way, peoples’ imagination ran rampant as people sought after the simplest of explanations.
Through all the madness, which seems perpetual now, we are blessed to be humans to be adaptable to accept and live. Through it all, there were the small eyes, the young minds wondering when they will go to school, why they cannot go out or why Mother or Father keep on washing their hands? What is with all the toilet paper?
Sometimes I wish it was the 90s. When I was a kid, there was one TV, there was a phone on the wall, and that’s it! Parents were the sole source of information, the source one looked up to or the grapevine at school that largely comprised of captain planet. But we do not live in such a world. Sometimes I wonder whether this is what my parents meant when they said, “you’ll see when you will have kids of your own!”
Was it this difficult?