The unexpected yet beautiful home schooling/home activism experiment
Thursday 2nd April. Struggling to find time to write about today.
In summary, exercise is great and by the end of the day I felt better, but yoga wasn’t enough, 8:30pm striding up and down the terrace and running up and down the stairs still wasn’t quite enough, then in the bathroom while Kira was in the bath I went nuts dancing to Friend Like Me from Aladdin (great song). By the time I had been kicking my legs out for a while and one last long stretch down to my toes I think I got it all out. (to make space for the leg movements your feet go over the child in the bath)
The sun came out in the afternoon and I tried some DIY and managed a video about planting seeds. But Kira was NOT happy about that. All these projects that you imagine will be fun, or at least ok, to do together turn out with grumpy, or tv watching children.
I asked Kira how far away she would like Daddy to leave his phone while they play, and she said “in space”. I said ok cool good project, you make a rocket that can get to space and we’ll eject your parents mobile phones from the house! She didn’t find that particularly funny.
Coronavirus has reached Caseres, the village next to Boodaville, full of old people and half an hour drive from the nearest hospital. They are now not allowed to set foot outside the door, and one of our lovely neighbours there who did language exchanges with the volunteers has shown symptoms and been sent to isolation in Tortosa. I also heard that someone from Barcelona managed to escape the city to get to their second home in that area, then had to call an ambulance when they got sick. The locals are seriously UNimpressed.
The UK is talking about immunity passports, which seems nuts to me. Right now, they must be in the most important part of lockdown – the UK are surely on track to catch up with Spain in two weeks; with record deaths each day and hospitals massively overrun – if the lockdown now isn’t working then the peak won’t come. They won’t succeed in “flattening the curve”. So to offer people an incentive to catch the virus and recover seems pretty crazy… People do seem to care more about the economy than health, so surely there will be tons of people who want to catch the virus, so afterwards they will be allowed out to work? No? But people often say I think differently to others – like I think we should announce September dates for Maranya Festival, so people have a wonderful event to look forward to! That doesn’t seem so obvious to the others involved, maybe they are planning to fly away as soon as the chance arises.
Home-schooling 4 : tantrum, nothing like school work, a video call with Kira’s teacher that Bernat didn’t find very clear – although they may start having video classes in groups of 4 soon, one nice activity labelling the seed trays, and a treasure hunt made up by mummy out of desperation rather than joy.
Home-activism : no idea
Day 15 – Family hospitalisations, drama and cabin fever
Day 16/17 online pub quiz, british media, digital detox, coronavirus test on brother in law doesn’t give the correct result.
Day 18. Lockdown is now normal / meeting a friend / dance party
Day 19 Bernat’s brother tests positive for COVID-19 / rain
Day 20 – Boredom hits hard