The pandemic has encumbered everyone across the globe from going about their usual days, and people slowly start to adjust to the new normal that must be imposed to keep the spread of the virus from getting out of hand. The cacophony of the streets were silenced, the massive mall structures emptied of visitors, schools noisy from the laughter and discussions bereft of learning, and the places filled with transient people like airports, bus stations, and train stations, no longer serve as a bridge between one place to another. Everyone stuck at home pondering when going out would once again be safe, when meeting your friends and giving them the tightest hug you’ve ever given would be allowed, or for lovers to greet one’s lips with the other. The pandemic affected all of us, from the young to the old, the poor to the rich, no one is safe from the rapid spread of the virus.
Amongst the bleak and desperate times however, I have gleamed a few things, people do not run on material objects but intimate human interaction with your friends and loved ones. The phrase “Man is not an island” fully surmises the feelings of everyone, to be imprisoned in what was once considered the warmest place to return to, the warm hearth extinguished leaving oneself nothing but four walls to enclose you.
Learning how to conference video calls was a big step for me towards reconnecting with the friends living in other cities, who I would regularly meet during events I would be invited to back in the days where I would run around from one event to another. Even now the events I used to know have also transitioned towards making use of similar ways by hosting it online.
Bartering with city neighbours has become a new thing, while being able to dispose excess stock and items not of use to us and exchanging it to useful thing and food, I was able to meet new friends outside my circle
Everything became green. It was a fresh start for my surroundings as everyone became a plantita or plantito that made food sustainable. Seeds that were disposed of have become a new seed to plant and spark joy when seen sprouting from the ground. Just seeing the new life that sprouted from the hard work I put in relaxes me in ways I never had before, the joy of new life washes over me.
I was never into cooking but with this situation, I was glad that I have five kids who took over my kitchen or I may say, our house. My home that used to be a resident for two has become a place for my children to bond. It was a time for us to be able to get together and be familiar once again to one another. No more busy schedules like before, online teaching has become their new norm and it was for me, a blessing that I want to cherish for on these dark days, I was able to see light. With every sound coming from their instrument, for every beat while practicing their dance move; I was able to gain my sanity and get past the anxiety that surrounds me. Seeing members of your family in a new light and perspective will give you the strength to go on, as a mother I continue to strive forward for the sake of my children and their wellbeing, and I hope that you too can find what gives you strength to keep holding on and forging your way to the future.
This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project”. The initiative is a response to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis. Igniting and championing the human spirit, “Write to Ignite Blog Project” aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. This project is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, co-presented by Eastern Communications and sponsored by Electrolux, Jobstreet and Teleperformance.