Talk of the novel coronavirus had reached fever-pitch by the end of February 2020. By early March, I knew it was only a matter of time before we went into lockdown across the U.K. Being separated as a family made me even more apprehensive about the weeks ahead. It had already been a challenging few months juggling things on my own with Hubby now based in Canada. What would happen when we went into lockdown and faced a travel ban? 

In this short series, I get even more personal as I share journal entries from my first days of lockdown in the U.K. and the changes it brought. These are my #CovidDiaries. 

March 23, 2020 

Day One. We stayed home. It wasn’t new to me, but it was for them. We started off the morning with Joe Wicks. Lauren was pretty diligent and worked hard at her lessons. Aris was surprisingly good. Honestly, I can’t expect more than two good hours of work out of him and I’ll take what I can get. We had lunch together. Then I popped out and got a couple things from Tesco. We had a lovely dinner. I had cooked chickpeas and chicken on Sunday, so we had leftovers. Outside time was fun. I discovered a football field near to the house – so many green areas near to us. And after we played, I came inside, settled them down to eat and ran our first West London Toastmasters meeting via zoom! We were eleven people, but it was a success and I felt very accomplished as the VP of Education. 

Thanks for stopping by. How did you deal with the early days of lockdown? Share your comments. Remember to hit ‘like’ and subscribe. I post new content each week.

© Arlene Amitirigala 2020. All Rights Reserved.

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