There’s not much left of Hanoi anymore.
The usually busy streets are worringly quiet. People are all wearing masks and the cafes are desert.
If you want to make money, sell hand sanitizers. They became the most sought item and all the pharmacies are “out of stock”.
For the last 2 weeks, all planes from China are banned to enter the country.
We are living in an apocalyptic atmosphere. My helper has a mask glued on her face and she is relaying the most anxious news she gathered through “friends”: the government is not telling about all the Corona virus victims, Chinese are infecting the country, it’s a biological war.
Well, it’s an interesting time indeed.
Schools have been closed for 3 weeks now, a preventive measure to avoid the widespread of the virus.
The first week was exciting I must say. Homeschooling can be very interesting, I loved the feeling to sneak in my kids classrooms to understand how they were being taught.
Then came the second week and I guess the Principal panicked. I understand the pressure of the International private schools who want the students to keep up with the programs. But the kids are overwhelmed with homework, and so many new topics to learn. It’s a challenging time indeed. I really thought the kids will resume school this week as annonced. But no! Back to homeschooling today.
Week 3 is on, and I am learning from experience. We start the day with sports (yoga and a bit of bike depending on the level of pollution) and choose a cafe nearby that will be our office for the day. At least it’s a change of scenary. At least my son won’t hang on the curtains when I’ll annonce it’s maths time ..
It’s a weird yet very challenging time. Everything seems to be moving in slow mo. We are forming a strong trio, the Attilas and me, and I realise that we take more time to listen to each other’s needs. We are into this together. I give more time for plays, they understand when I too need a pause. It’s like navigating without a goal, at least we try to make the best of the journey. It’s quite fascinating not to know what next week will bring. We tend to take our routine for granted and walk in “tunnel vision”. Those times are an apportunity to litteraly go with the flow.
Besides the fact that I have no more Me time and that my yoga hours have been reduced in half, it’s ok. My kids are only in primary. I feel super sorry for the ones in Secondary who need to work hard for their final exams. I also sympathize with the parents who can not support their children with all the homework.
But hey, there is nothing we can do besides counting our blessings.
It might sounds a bit tacky yet it works ! To remember that we are healthy, I am privileged enough to take the time to teach my kids and last but not least, we are a big crowd out there facing the same challenges. So in those times more than ever, it’s important to remember how we can help each other. I will open a free yoga class for parents and another one for kids this week, so they can get moving and take a break.
Till then, keep it up parents, I am sure we are all doing better than we know !
As far as I am concerned I am polishing my Superpowers: