Weekend Coffee Share: Fourteen Days Already

If we were having coffee, it would once again be virtual. On Friday we experienced the fourteenth day of social distancing and isolation from others. I have now reached the point where I am beginning to feel the isolation and the confinement of our apartment walls. I am lucky that I live with people and therefore do have others to spend time with – I feel for those that live alone.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been speaking to people virtually – and the connection with a different person has been good. I have spoken to my mom in South Africa – a country that has just entered a 3 week lockdown. I am pleased that she is not alone and that she is able to go outside and spend time in the garden. I have also spoke to a colleague – and we had our first virtual staff meeting.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that a garden is what I am missing right now. People who have gardens are doubly lucky at this moment as they are able to move around outside. I do wish the weather were a little warmer here then I would be able to sit out on the balcony and read. I guess that time will come as we have been told that social distancing will go on indefinitely.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have moved closer to connecting with my students virtually. I have figured out how to set up my Google Classroom and am now in the process of connecting my students. It is slow going as the emails with parents are going back and forth and I cannot see exactly what it is they have on their screen. But I have hope that we will eventually get there.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have been reading more than usual – though not always as sometimes I feel the need to move onto another activity. I have found pleasure in listening to audio books while journaling and have put a number on hold at the library. I have not listened to books in the past but now I think I have found a new habit. 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would wish you well with your experience of social distancing. Stay safe, and stay healthy

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Eclectic Ali and the Weekend Coffee Share)

14 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Fourteen Days Already

  1. We have begun “Zoom Happy Hours”, linking a half dozen friends to share a drink and talk about how we are getting on while #shelteringathome – it’s the most we can socialize right now, but it puts everyone in a better mood to be sure!

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  2. I feel very sorry for people who are on their own, Colline. We try to include a neighbour on our walks, taking turns as only 2 are permitted. I also feel as though I ought to be adding new skills to my repertoire. Am I the only one who needs more time? 🙂 🙂

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  3. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we broke for holidays early but today is the ‘official start’ of the holidays here. I am grateful that I am able to be at home with my three kids. I am grateful that they are not little like my sister is dealing with, but I know my own kids benefit from having me around. I am grateful that we have the ability to stay home and are able to eat well. I am grateful for sunshine and technology and the chance to rest. I am grateful for the creative ways people are finding to get through this. Today I will be doing a virtual ‘Wine hour’ with my colleagues from school. It’s my first time on Zoom so I will be learning a lot. Take care Colline.

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    1. I think we all need to be grateful for our health. This enforced stay-at-home is also encouraging families to spend more time together without rushing about.
      Enjoy your time with your family – as well as your break.

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    1. It is still too cold outside. Also I have tried before and the plants die because of the sun. It is okay, though, as I usually put my indoor plants on the balcony and they really thrive.

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  4. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I will be eternally grateful when this is over. For now, I’m grateful for all the other ways we can connect so that physical distancing doesn’t have to be complete isolation. Stay safe and well. 🙂

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