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The COVID-19 diaries: lockdown


Arrgggh – there were a lot of tears and a lot of difficult questions last night. I spent a reasonable amount of time trying to figure out what was the deal with separated families, and how my ex and I were going to co-parent and minimise house swapping, and whether I technically lived with my boyfriend and could go visit him when I wasn’t parenting, since I spent three nights a week with him. Still trying to figure that stuff out, and the clock is ticking… level 4 hits tomorrow.

If you want to read Jacinda Ardern’s full speech, it’s here, and you can watch it here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 24/03/2020 3:12 pm

    Oh Sarah, it’s ghastly isn’t it? Seems we cannot socialise at all for a time. If we go for a walk – no parks, no playgrounds, no catch-ups – we can go with those we live with (if all well), otherwise 2 metres apart from other solitary walkers. AAaargh! Vile prospect! If your kids are with you now, they may have to remain there (or with their dad) but not shunted back and forth. The advice on RNZ this morning seems to be, do not mix households. Bizarre and beastly! Courage needed and in short supply (unlike food and grocery items if only folks stopped being crazed!). If the internet crashes, I will likely short-circuit the Bug and just do it myself! It’s my best contact with my only remaining child and my only grandchildren – further away than ever now – in UK! Onward if not upward! Best cb

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      25/03/2020 12:51 pm

      The advice is wildly varying! I feel so confused. I am planning on only having one handover during the period – two weeks me, two weeks their dad. Hopefully that won’t be too dangerous? Also please, internet, stay working throughout this period! We need you more than ever!

  2. Brent Putze permalink
    24/03/2020 8:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing your personal feelings Sarah in light of all that is happening. It helps to most of us are experiencing similar feelings. I to started to shake today and calmed myself down by journalling and getting back into drawing. For a couple of days there I was too tense to draw anything. I think your brief comic stories are an amazing outlet and a lot of people will identify with you which is very supportive. I am reading them with a lump in my throat. For what it’s worth, you will be okay.

  3. Brent Putze permalink
    25/03/2020 12:48 pm

    In the second line I meant to say ‘It helps to know most of us are experiencing similar things’. Making a lot of typos today.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      25/03/2020 12:50 pm

      Hi Brent, thanks for your lovely comments – it means a lot. I got what you meant! Glad to hear that you are getting back into journalling. I hope you are adjusting to this weird new normal.

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