Family Life

Love in the Time of Cholera

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The pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways but after so many weeks of being isolated in our family bubble it feels good to be venturing out more. This weekend we had brunch in our favourite local cafe and a socially distanced playdate with school friends. We took the puppy out for a walk and tidied up the garden. I like that we have more freedom and a choice of things to do.

Keeping in touch online

I’m hoping that weeks of home learning and endless zoom meetings will be a thing of the past. We have had plenty of experience of online meeting and many of the clubs my children attend managed to keep going online. Thankfully both my children love technology so it was easy for them to switch to online learning. They didn’t just use technology to learn though, they also used it to keep in touch with family and friends.

Keeping busy during lockdown

I’m thankful that we had our family bubble during the coronavirus outbreak. My children kept me so busy, or was it me trying to keep them busy? No matter, the weeks flew by for us. I’m sure it wasn’t the same for everyone though and I imagine it was the opposite for single people during the coronavirus outbreak. It got me thinking about Love in the Time of Cholera aka how relationships have changed during the coronavirus outbreak.

Seeking new relationships during lockdown

Judging from what my single friends have got up to, they haven’t let the coronavirus outbreak stop them from meeting new people. There are plenty of free dating sites if you are looking for a new partner. Over the last few months we’ve all become experts at using our laptops and phones to keep in touch. One of my friends used to find and chat to people. Keeping in touch is so important and there’s no reason why your social life or dating life needs to stop just because you’re working from home.

The rules seem to change so often that I’m really not sure how many people you can see outside of your own household and I’m not sure people will be rushing out for a socially distanced first date. Would you be comfortable using a video call for your first date instead? Do you think video calls make it easier for long distance couples to ‘meet’ safely?

Texting is one thing, but there’s nowhere to run if you don’t like what you see on a video chat. Can you imagine trying to end your virtual first date if it wasn’t going well? You couldn’t rely on a friend to ‘accidentally’ come into the bar or restaurant you met in. I suppose you’d have to pretend your internet connection was disrupted or something.

Life has changed for us all but I think we’ve adapted to the ‘new’ normal so we can continue to make life fun and interesting. Have your relationships improved during lockdown? I’ve found I actually had more time to chat and invest in my relationships which has been great!

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    August 4, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve been relying on phone calls and video chats to keep up with loved ones. I also do really like that I’ve had more time to invest in my relationships.

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    August 6, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Oh now I am quite enjoying my Zoom meetings I have to admit, the fact I can choose whether or not to have the camera on is such fun when colleagues ask where I am or if I am actually there!

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