Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Week 3 in lock-down - Covid-19 days in South Africa

Lady with mask in underground parking
We have totally lost count of the days. It was day 6 when I said it was day 5 on lock-down. It's day 19 here in South Africa. (I hope.) Nothing much is happening here. 

The days are the same. What gets me is how quickly each day goes. I have so much plans, and of course still packing, but most of the days we can only mark of made food and washed the dishes. Watching too much news, and too much of everything else. We have also caught up with most of the movies that we have always wanted to see. 

Our move has been postponed again. We have never felt so much out of sorts. We should have been in our new house, but now we are stuck in limbo... I know this is going to be a good story, but at this stage it is not funny. We have paid our rent for our new lodgings, and now we are expected to pay rent in our existing home as well. Which we don't have. We are hoping that everybody would be more gracious in their dealings with each other... We are all stuck! In the meantime we are living between boxes. 

I go into work when there is a request. I find it very scary driving through the empty streets, and driving past road blocks. Each time I have to suppress a few tears, and thinking about all the essential workers who have to go in each and every day. Thank you! So far I have not been stopped. But I have my letter, my entrance card and my mask at hand. I also feel very sorry for the beggars that are still hanging around. 

Miss Fine is getting a lot of work to do at home. It is not going well, as she wants constant reinforcement, and help. Which when we give it, is rejected. We have been battling (a much better word than struggling) the maths. She, Hubby and I have been trying to do Amesa maths which have been sent through. It is DIFFICULT! I have come to the realisation that I am very stooopid, and I don't know where I got the idea that I was good at maths at school? Or maybe we did a total other different version of maths? 

We realise she gets a whole lot more done when she is at school. Miss Fine says she can't wait to go back to school! (I'll keep this for future reference, of course.)

I have more nightmares than usual. It is normal for these kinds of days, but it is scary!

How are you coping?


  1. Hang in there! I am also useless at Maths. Hope this lockdown is over soon. I am glad I only have to do Grade One stuff.

  2. Not coping well either. Actually I'm being a bit unfair to myself. I'm doing okay, and occasionally NOT. Maybe like every third day the enormity hits me a bit. N is doing great, really schooling herself at this stage and I am in serious awe of the maturity she's showing. Other than that there's a constant low level tug of war between the people who want to do things and the ones who want to sleep through the entire lockdown. And they are all my people, so I feel cornered and sick to my stomach about it at least once a day.

    Anyhoo...this too shall pass I guess. I try to not take myself too seriously.

    1. I think we all go through the same motions and feelings. Trying to tell ourselves that all is good, but when we start thinking about the impact of it all.... It gets to us! Best of luck there, Louisa


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