Day 12 – isolation

Sundays are for lazy days in aren’t they? Well that’s alright then, because I wasn’t able to go out anyways. Day 12, and I am starting to enjoy the thought of going to the shops, taking a walk and even getting petrol – we have been told the guy-wrenching news that this state of social distancing and lockdown could go on for another 6 months! It’s both daunting and scary to think how much a virus can change how we all live our lives.

As with most Sunday mornings, my boys joined me on the sofa with their breakfast whilst we watched cartoons and chatted. They really are the most wonderful little boys to be around. And I know I am a little biased with them being my children, but I enjoy being around them so much. All this time off school is going to be hard for them, with not seeing their friends and feeling uncertain about what is happening, but any extra time I have with them is going to be treasured.

Ethan, 9, has a wonderful sense of humour. He is always smiling, always happy and he is the joker of the household. I can never stay mad at him for long because he has this way of reciting quotes from cartoons and films, which makes me smile. The dances he pulls off are amazing and he knows he can get himself out of trouble easily by playing the fool. But underneath that cheeky joker character is a sensitive, caring young boy who has a lot of love in his heart. He is also very intelligent and absorbs information quickly and effortlessly.

Ethan playing the joker 🙂

Oliver, 5, is still learning who he is as a person. He follows his brother loyally, always wanting to be in his shadow, but never afraid to let himself be heard. He is the opposite to Ethan but just as enjoyable to be around. Oliver has his own mind, he knows what he wants. He has a cheeky, inquisitive mind and is always questioning the world around him. There is a fiery side to Oliver, but he is also loving and sensitive – he finds empathy towards other people’s pain, and cries at sad films. He has a keen learning spirit and absorbs information readily and easily. He has a great memory for numbers and facts. Both of my boys are brilliant at talking your head off. They are happy and thriving and I love to see how they grow and interact with one another. Being brothers they are arguing probably 60% of the time, but there are also those moments when they are sat with one another, cuddled up and happy to be in one another’s company.

The days are going by quite quickly really but I still have a bit to cough left over. Today I work feeling rough. Chest was hurting, throat was on fire and the cough was back sounding like a bark. Am I ever going to be rid of these symptoms? I appreciate that I have to stay in until I am past our isolation period( which is Tuesday) but I won’t be let myself go out whilst I am still coughing my lungs up. Sorry for the graphic description!

So today, I cleared around some more stuff. I cooked a Sunday lunch out of what we had around the house (food obvs) – chicken breasts, a handful of potatoes to boil, veg, Yorkshire puds. The boys enjoyed it, and it turned it quite well, apart from me overcooking the yorkies.

The rest of the day has been spent watching Toy Story 4, which I cried at. Video calling a friend, and chilling. Tomorrow is back to home schooling, and back to me being teacher.

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