Life on the island continues to be interesting in light of all that is ongoing at home and around the world. Last post I mentioned that Barbados had not recorded any cases of COVID-19 (corona virus). Well, here we are two weeks later, and our number reaches a staggering 24. That may not sound like much in the grand scheme of things but that is 24 too many for our little island. A weight has been superimposed on the island that is neither wanted or bearable. While stronger countries grapple with this dilemma, our island struggles to maintain an atmosphere and equilibrium of peace and calm.
The fallout effects from the Corona Virus can be viewed in two lights – positive and negative (calm and panic). How to deal with our current situation is top of mind for everyone. While many a country is waging war against this disease and have adopted near draconian measures to ensure the safety of their citizens, I have come to realize, that though the measures may seem drastic, that all is not lost. Many countries have activated curfew laws, limited movement and closed borders to protect those who are free of the bug and to stem the rampant spread of the virus within their populations. We are no different.
Forced to stay indoors during curfew hours may be new to most and not so to others. I certainly have never lived under such restrictions. Therefore, what is a girl on an extended vacation (or man for that matter) to do whose life has be upended by this malady? Being the perpetual optimist that I am, it was not difficult for me to find things that could occupy my time and attention in a positive way. Besides taking the necessary cleansing precautions to protect ourselves and others, we have found interesting ways to battle against COVID-19 in our home. I want to share them with you. Hope you share yours too.
Family devotion – This is the time when we get together, sing songs, read the Bible. Discuss the passage of scripture that was read. This is the best time as we get to share our thoughts in a healthy discussion and enjoy meaningful conversations. Pray. (This practice is already a nightly occurrence in my home).
Read a hardcover book – I admit this activity has waned over the years. I want to blame the use of my gadgets and technology for the decline. However, I checked the bookshelf recently and discovered they are books from my childhood, books like Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys (Mom’s nostalgia, of course) among others that still line the shelves, and are now at my disposal now that I have more time on my hands.
Board games – It has been a while since I last played a board game like, Monopoly, Scrabble or Ludo. I haven’t played these in years, and I’ve discovered just how rusty my challenging skills have become.
Telephone a friend – It’s not often I get to have long conversations with friends. Usually, everyone is busy, but guess what? We are all in this together and have time now to talk beyond the usual courtesies. We can really catch up on our different lives.
Start a hobby – This one is an expense but worthwhile, nonetheless. I have chosen to make a beaded curtain. It is another manual project I plan to complete in the coming weeks.
Watch a movie – Occasionally, I would opt to watch a movie, catch up on a series that I did not have the time to do in the past, or view DIY projects online.
Limit the amount of COVID-19 news – Even though it is important to know all about the subject, it can become overwhelming to listeners, especially seniors like my Mom. To prevent her from becoming Covid-19 fatigued, we turn off the television and opt to sit and chat on the front porch and enjoy the gentle breezes of the night and quiet time.
Catch up on sleep – Every night’s activity is not the same. Consequently, there are times that I may want to go to bed earlier than usual, depending on how tired I may be from the day’s activities.
Community Peeps, these are just a few things that my family and I do during our curfew hours of 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. Although there may be difficulties suffered because of this dreaded sickness, our response to these trying circumstances may be the determining factor to how well we manage and get through this crisis. Remain calm and choose to be positive. Adhere to laws that are implemented for your own safety and maintain social distance to prevent further spread. I pray all my peeps are safe and well. It would be interesting to know how you are spending your time in lockdown. Share in the comment box below
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