Friday Focus 20/03/2020 – Into the unknown

This week has certainly seen a massive shift in terms of responding to the coronavirus pandemic and life as we know it has changed so much in just one week. What lies ahead feels very unknown and scary; all the familiar things disappearing from everyday life. No longer being able to meet a friend for coffee, no playdates, no toddler groups, no church and, after tomorrow, no school for Sophie and possibly not returning until September.

 

The word 'unknown'

 

I’ve been feeling emotional lately about being on the threshold of Sophie overtaking Jessica and the last of the shared experiences. This half-term before the Easter holidays being the last one Jessica did in Year 1. She never got to finish the year and it’s very weird and horrible to think that perhaps neither of my girls will have a summer term in Year 1.

 

I’ve been trying to stay positive and part of me likes the idea of getting to home-school Sophie just as I did with Jessica. But I am struggling too with the uncertainty, the fear of what the coming weeks might bring and how different the world may look on the other side of all of this. It’s hard knowing that I can’t just go and visit my mum and my family as I would normally when Sophie is off school, and I don’t know when I will be able to go and see them. I’m so glad that I did go and surprise my mum last week though with a birthday visit.

 

It has been encouraging to see how so many people I know are pulling together and looking out for each other right now though. Making sure they keep in contact; checking in regularly and making sure people are okay and have the things they need.  We’re all just trying to get through this as best we can.

 

 

Things that have made me smile this week

  • Watching Sophie taking part in a dramatised reading of the parable of the Good Samaritan at the Girls’ Brigade District Service.

 

  • Taking the children to the park and realising how very special those ordinary moments are.

 

Thomas at the park

 

  • Getting the 12-18 month clothes down from the loft for Thomas and finally getting around to putting the Christmas decorations up in the loft.

 

  • Seeing the forget-me-nots appearing in the garden around the Pretty Jessica roses. They first appeared last year on the day before Mother’s Day and I think of them as being my flowers sent by Jessica.

 

Forget-me-nots in the garden

 

  • Watching Sophie and Thomas playing together with the Duplo train set.

 

Sophie and Thomas playing with the Duplo train

 

  • Thomas giving the carving of Jessica at her forever bed cuddles and kisses, and listening to him singing to it.

 

Thomas hugging the carving of Jessica at her forever bed

 

  • Thomas singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ complete with actions.

 

  • Being able to still do baby French with Thomas through online classes.

 

  • A surprise parcel in the post for Sophie and Thomas with a couple of belated Christmas presents inside.

 

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10 thoughts on “Friday Focus 20/03/2020 – Into the unknown

  1. Such scary times but like you aI am trying to stay positive. It so hard knowing you aren’t going to see family isn’t it, I also fear for our parents and have Jack on partial lockdown its worrying but am trying two hard to take lot of measures to keep us all positive.

    1. It is a scary time – I think all we can do is just take it one step at a time and try and stay as positive as possible x

  2. I think it’s only just beginning to hit us all how difficult this isolation is going to be. We are in very uncertain times at the moment for sure. I hope we can all stay positive and be thankful for being able to keep in touch easily. x

    1. The uncertainty is very unnerving but I am thankful for technology helping to keep people in touch at the moment – this isolation would be so much harder without it.

  3. This must be such a difficult time for you, Louise. I am thinking about you and your 2 precious little ones and sending prayers and good wishes. So much uncertainty in the world right now.

    I can’t believe that Thomas is learning French. How wonderful! And the photo of the 2 of them playing with the train set is adorable. Stay safe!

  4. Yes, these are puzzling, anxious times for everyone, but as you have pointed out, there are still so many positives to note. Things we are often too busy to appreciate. I love the picture of the two playing with the trains. #WotW

  5. It is such a scary world that we’re living in. I have felt so anxious this past week. I just want it all to be over.
    It sounds like you have had some nice times. Stay safe. Sending love and hugs x

    1. I feel like that too Kim. The uncertainty is hard to live with. Hope that you are keeping well, love and hugs to you all too x

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