The past week more and more counter-measures were announced to flatten the curve of people getting infected with covid19. As the Man and I followed the news from Italy closely, we were mentally prepared for every next step our own government took. Right now we need to work from home and avoid unnecessary interaction with others.
Working from home will not be an issue for me. I have been working from home for more than fifteen years. The only thing that will prevent me from working is the closure of Daughter’s daycare, which we expect to be announced today or tomorrow. I have no idea how I’ll be able to entertain a kid full time, as I treasure my working days, but we’ll find a new rhythm soon enough when it’s needed.
When talking to others and reading other people’s experience online, I hear them use superlatives to express the situation. The weird thing is, I don’t feel that. Yes, I do feel uncertain. Yes, this is a crisis that I have never witnessed before. Yes, it is disruptive and will even be more so in the coming weeks. At the same time, I’m in control and calm. As I felt a bit uncertain about my own health I postponed an interview and didn’t go to a social event that was planned for today (and got cancelled all together last night). My new work horse will arrive in a few days, so a computer crash will not keep me from doing my work. If Daughter needs to stay at home, the Man and I will figure out how to divide caretaking tasks. We already discussed joined caretaking with the parents of Daughter’s best friend from day care. We stocked up just before the first cases were reported in The Netherlands (and thus not causing major shortages for others which is what has been happening since last Thursday).
So my household is mentally and physically prepared for a period of weirdness. And that creates an interesting mix of calmness, worry and anthropological excitement. Nobody really knows what will happen in the coming weeks. The only thing I do hope is that we will be able to leave the house to go for a walk or a bike ride. I love to take Daughter on outdoor adventures to witness the birth of Spring.