• Atisha Sooklall

Amidst fear, stay thankful...

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

It’s lunch time and my husband will be home shortly, so I pop something into the oven, whilst I have a quick shower. We are sitting across from each other and discussing well what every other person in the world is talking about “the Corona virus”. We really didn’t expect it to get this serious, people are panic shopping, travel bans are in place, borders are closed, the virus has been declared a global pandemic. As we are chatting, my husband mentions that their company will also be on a temporary shutdown as of next week. I’m sitting in front of him, with my hair still wrapped in a towel and when I hear this, my face just froze. And I respond, “You will be at home with me?”, “and you don’t know for how long?”, “What are you going to do at home?” And he just laughs at me…

Yes, I understand the severity of the virus and hence support the decision taken by the company. But my dear husband is what we would call a busy bee, he can’t sit still. Now he is going to be in my space, all day, every day. I don’t know how to prepare for this. I can already think of a few complains I’ll be hearing from him “What’s for lunch?”, “I’m hungry, I need a snack”, “I’m bored, what must I do?”. Social media and online videos are resourceful but there is only so much time you can spend online before that bores you as well.

After much thought, I have accepted that there is no one else that I’d rather be stuck in an “apocalypse” with. As much as we may get on each other’s nerves at times, more him getting on mine than me on his, we still made it this far, we’ve been best friends for 10 years. My advice for this dreadful time is to be thankful for what you have and thankful for the time you have together. So make memories and forgive quickly because life is too short for regrets.

Catch up soon, another day with another story…

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