The blessing of the curse

I know it sounds controversial and even downright dismissing.

So, please know that is NOT my intent with this article. I feel terrible for everyone who has had their life turned upside down by the COVID-19. We are currently in the midst of something that many of us have not experienced ever in our lives. We are “shelter-in-place” / “lock-down” mode as we all try to “flatten the curve” so that we can all move on.

I can’t fully understand the pain and the losses that people have been subjected to as we have been fortunate not to be affected by it (in terms of our health). Having said that, I am not dismissing the presence of pain for others. I do wish that this really hadn’t have happened. But it has, and now, we must face it and that reminds me of this quote

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The quote is so apt for me, personally, because we just happened to do an experiment last week. Last week was supposed to the kids’ spring break. We were supposed to be in Tokyo for their spring break. But instead, they were about to have a break from their “online learning” and we had no idea what to do with all that time they were going to have on their hands. So, we decided to have a week of experiment. An experiment to live without something that we THINK WE NEED all the time. WiFi.

This was going to be a week of “No Internet”

No internet, whatsoever. Shut down that Orbi, shut down the mobile data on our phones and just spend time together as a family. Turned out pretty good week for us, all in all.

And as I said in the topic, there is a blessing for us here if we choose to see it. Here are some of the blessings we had last week:

  • We slept in
  • We slept longer
  • We made meals together
  • We cleaned dishes together (oh yes, we even stopped using the dishwasher)
  • We watched movies (including The Lord of the Rings)
  • We played video games, we played board games

I understand, this is made possible for us because we have a fortunate life. But, it seems like so many people are waiting so badly for them to get past working from home. So many keep saying “when is this lock-down going to end?”. So many “can’t seem to take it anymore of their children fighting an.

But, if we just look at this an opportunity to do something new, do something different, get better, we can all come out of this pandemic a better human race

I will leave you with some of the pictures from journals of my daughters as they were writing everything we are doing at home these days (for a school project).

Home made Chocolate Milk
How we wash our hands and our morning schedule
We make a schedule everyday
The birthday cake the girls made for their Mama
Just one of those things that we now have more time to do
Yes, they most certainly are getting independent making meals now
Staying honest, this one was made by Mama 😉
Things we do
Learning to count in different languages
Staying healthy by working out at home
Some changes in our habits
Things we do online (except for last week when we went off-the-grid)
Home made quesadillas
home made veggie patties
Chia seed pudding with fruits (girls’ creation)

Hope you are all safe and healthy and hope you get to experience some form of “blessing” as well.

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Lovekesh Babbar

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