Today marked the one year anniversary of life in lockdown. What a year it has been and how our lives have changed. Whilst I didn’t partake in the two-minute silence earlier today or stand on my doorstep clapping and banging pots and pans. I have been looking back and reflecting on things. The highs, the lows, the difficulties and everything in between.
We’re a week into the new roadmap out of lockdown, with Roo returning to high school – How different the house feels with all the children out at school during the day. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment for Roo first thing in the morning to ensure she has everything ready in time to make it to her school bus.
The calm before the storm phrase – a that has been rolling around my head this week. With the lockdown restrictions starting on the first step of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown tomorrow.
Here we are almost a year since our lives began existing in some form of lockdown. All those weeks, months down the line we are in my ways are older, wiser and stronger people. Time has shone the light on our strengths and weaknesses. Highlighting the areas of our lives we find comfort in and those areas we are happy that have fallen by the wayside.
Usually, we are counting down the days until the half-term holidays. A chance to reconnect as a family and enjoy some family adventures. With life in lockdown continuing our half term holidays has been very different to those we have enjoyed in previous years.
The week the world around us turned white and we were able to live in our own version of a snow globe. Whilst we have been fortunate to have a few snow days in recent years, this is possibly the longest the snow has hung around for. Although the soft, powdery snow has turned to either slush or ice – but it still looks like a beautiful wintery scene.
Do you ever have weeks where you are constantly chasing your tail and not managing to accomplish anything? This has been my week, a battle of spinning plates in an attempt to keep on top of things or catch up on things that I haven’t achieved. Although as I sit down to share with you another life in lockdown diary, there are still so many things left for me to complete.
The end of the first month of 2021 and I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that we wouldn’t (or hoping) be still living life in lockdown. The ‘new normal’ that we discovered last year is here to stay and I’m starting to forget what life was like when we were able to go out freely and hug loved ones.
It feels as though we have had a relatively quiet week. With life in lockdown ticking by without too much happening to put us off-kilter. The children have adjusted to being keyworker children and learning from home (for Roo). Whilst What The Dad Said and I continue to juggle our work shifts around each other and the children.
Halfway through the first month of the year and life in lockdown continues. With no end date for the national lockdown insight, this will continue to be our new normal for some time yet. In many ways, it is a life we have grown used to since this all took hold last year. It feels normal to ensure we have masks with us at all times and that additional hand washing is added to the routine.