Blowing dandelions on Barnes Common / Photo credit Arlene Amitirigala. All rights reserved.

This is the final entry in this short series, where I have been sharing excerpts from my journal where I recorded my thoughts during lockdown in London. The early days and weeks were the most challenging as we navigated the changes Covid that brought. By week five our rhythm was fully established, and my priorities were clear.  

April 26, 2020 

Today Aris said he wants this to last a year. Not the pandemic. He wants that to go away and for all people to have the same economic status. But he explained that what he wants is this – us together at home, eating together, going to the park together, reading at home and learning remotely. I’m managing three things: 

  • Change comms for the reorg at work  
  • A global pandemic that has the UK in lockdown and me homeschooling Aris and supervising Lauren 
  • Relocation to a new country, looking for a house and schools and packing up our lives 

So, I decided at the beginning of this that my number one priority would be the kids and ensuring that they experience this time in a loving and positive way. I want them to look back on this time and know they were loved, they were safe, and we had each other. I want them to emerge from this stronger, more connected, braver, kinder, more conscious of the world and the environment. Our conversations are amazing. Their prayers are deeply meaningful. And they always, always express gratitude for our time together, our walks and the joy we share. They say, ‘thank you God for family’. 

Lord, please continue to give me strength to manage everything so that I can persevere through this. And keep us safe.  

Note – We all managed to see a few friends to say farewell before we left London for Toronto at the end of July. At the time of posting, Toronto is in lockdown and we are taking it in stride, 2020 has been a masterclass. 

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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