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The COVID-19 diaries: time after time


Sorry. Darkness. I wake up in the morning and imagine that I am going to get so much done but time is laggy and elastic and simultaneously as heavy as a bag of wet compost and light as… as… well, it floats away and I have nothing to show for it.

I want time to go quicker so that I can be with my boyfriend sooner. I like time going slow as I am enjoying extra time with my children and not having to rush to get them off to school and myself off to work. I want my daughter to stop sleeping in my bed and to stop butting into my FaceTime conversations. I have great ambitions for all the comics I might draw and then another day goes by and I have only drawn my diary comic. The sadness washes over me but then I feel ok again.

How are you all feeling right now?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/04/2020 10:28 am

    We are in un-chartered waters at he moment, and everyone is splashing around trying to manage it. I think this post summed up the positives and the negatives. I was in a it of a slump myself yesterday day.


  2. Drew permalink
    05/04/2020 1:30 pm

    Ah yes, darkness. It must mean the dawn is around the corner, so says an angel at my table. I’m feeling unproductive too, but I think that’s ok, as staying put and resisting my itchy feet is probably the most productive thing I can do mid-lockdown. Currently roasting all my stale vegetables, but I’ve overdone the oregano and tarragon so my bubble now smells like a livid potager. Such fun!

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      05/04/2020 9:31 pm

      How did the veggies work out?

  3. 05/04/2020 1:32 pm

    I think people are even more random this week than last – like the beach was packed with picnickers – this is not a holiday folks! . No wonder Jacinda was talking about mental health support As for time – – I think it’s broken. thanks again for another great comic Sarah.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      05/04/2020 9:32 pm

      Ah yes I have encountered some random people! Some people don’t take it quite as seriously as they should!

  4. John Gillespie permalink
    05/04/2020 1:46 pm

    Feeling all the better for your sharing the darker side of our social network: i.e. the limitations placed on our freedom, and our gut responses to that. The concept of I-Ching helps me through these moments. A Chinese neighbour once explained it to me.

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      05/04/2020 9:32 pm

      I willl look into it!

  5. 05/04/2020 6:43 pm

    Great stories, wish I could draw! I’m trying to document this time too, but using words, and using WordPress rather primitively – a pandemic is a great time to learn a few new skills 🙂

  6. Loveday permalink
    05/04/2020 7:44 pm

    At least you have a neighbour who thinks you’re the best.

  7. Brent Putze permalink
    06/04/2020 3:09 pm

    Tough start to the day for you Sarah. I hope it got better. Yeah, going into week two of lockdown felt a little rough this morning for myself also. Maybe it was daylight saving ending and the thought of winter and grayer skies ahead. But the sunny day that followed helped. As it did today. Got out on an early morning bike ride on the surrounding streets. I seemed to have a clearer head by the end of it and came home and re-prioritized my drawing schedule, i.e. lightened the self-imposed work schedule. It’s been too much with all the COVIG 19 news hanging over us all. Certainly enjoying playing mini table tennis with my daughter. The family has a jigsaw puzzle spread out on a the table and we all come out of our little working nooks from time to time and make small progress on it. And of course there’s always the reading. Not getting too strung out over DIY chores. Good excuse that the hardware stores are closed.


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