Weekend Coffee Share: Easter Weekend

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a happy Easter if your celebrate this holiday. We usually do in my family but, as my girls were saying last night at dinner, it does not feel like Easter. It certainly does not when the days seem to melt into one another and we have none of the usual reminders that the holiday is coming up. Usually I am talking about this celebration (as well as the Passover celebration) with my students at school. Shopping trips remind me to purchase Easter chocolate and pick up the fixings for our Sunday meal. This year everything will be low key but maybe that is a good thing as it may encourage us to focus on the reason why we have these dates on the Christian calendar.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that there have been times when I have felt boredom creeping in on my days. I have fought back by creating some goals for myself. I have also made sure that I try to exercise a little everyday. For the last three days I have started taking walks in the morning as soon as I get up. I do prefer this time to the afternoon as the streets are so much quieter and social distancing is easier to adhere to. I am thinking I will keep this as my habit as we move into the fifth week of staying at home.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am slowly getting used to working from home. I am not used to siting all day in front of the computer, however, and I often have to get up and stretch my back muscles. Oh how I miss teaching in front of my students! I miss their banter and I miss working with them on projects. At the moment we have been told that schools will open again on the 1st May. I am hoping that they will – though I do have my doubts when I see that the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada are still on the increase.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to keep following the protocol of social distancing. We will not be living like this forever and there will come a time when things will get back to normal. In the meantime, focus on the positive and take the time to slow down. Be safe and be healthy.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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

29 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Easter Weekend

  1. If we were having coffee I would tell you that we have been in contact with our children and grandchildren via zoom and phones, talked to mother in law who is 100years old , hubby’s brother is living with her through this.
    I will admit to feeling very stressed and easily upset. But we must smile and be kind brave and just keep going. HAPPY EASTER πŸ’œπŸ’œ


  2. You captured “life in quarantine” perfectly: social distancing, sheltering at home and boredom! I enjoy getting out, feeling the energy of a crowded restaurant, packed theater, or here in LA, the pacific ocean’s miles of walking and biking paths! All closed now, but you are right: we will all get through this and learn valuable life lessons in the process! My new motto: “stay safe and SANE!”


  3. Thank you, I would tell you I saw the first poppies this week growing out of the footpath, those fragile but hardy little flowers that bloom in the most hostile conditions.
    I would tell you that I planted some seeds a friend gave me a year ago, from a packet she bought at Monet’s Gardens in Giverney, near Paris. They had an expiry date of January 2020 but I don’t believe they can expire. So I planted them, Graines d’eschscholtzia de Californie, jaune, orange.
    I’d never heard of that before so I googled the name to discover they are a variety of yellow and orange poppy.
    Happy Easter. πŸ£β˜•πŸŒ±


  4. Lovely thoughts Colline altho I fear you’re probably right about school re-starting. Good for you for being an inspiration for your students. Personally I’d tell you we’ve been very fortunate here as we’re fairly remote and have had very few cases of the virus (so far). For now we’re able to be outside for exercise and have many beautiful open areas to do it so we appreciate the ability to get fresh air and stay active. Hoping the “new normal” arrives soon for us all.


    1. You are definitely in a better spot than me to ride out the virus. Even though the streets are quieter, at times there are still too many people outside to make the social distancing a challenge. Things will turn to normal, I believe – it is just a question of when.


  5. This is good Colline. You are doing everything you can in these strange days. It hurts me when people just ignore the social distancing. It’s so selfish. We have been ordered to stay at home this Easter. My daughter and I was prepared to enjoy quiet time at home, and had been looking forward to it, to discover that our neighbour upstairs ignore the rules and decided to have an Easter celebration all weekend with out of town guests staying over. . Stay safe my friend. This too will pass.


  6. We don’t have a date yet here for the schools reopening, but I know that Portugal hopes to ‘get back to business’ next month, Colline. Obviously with restrictions still in place. We see little of the children here, but early evenings parents tend to let them have a whizz on their bikes or a bit of running around, still maintaining social distance. I know it must be hard for all concerned.


    1. We have just learned that our date to go back has been pushed to mid-May. I am at the point of hoping we actually go back to school this academic year. I am missing the connection with my students.


      1. Yes, I imagine that’s a problem. In Portugal they have been given online studies till the end of the school year. I think they finish earlier here, but It’s still a long time.


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