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The COVID-19 diaries: David Bowie bubbles


The bubble metaphor has been a little grating for me – there is something inherently joyous sounding about it. Bubbly! Some people are in happy little bubbles, enjoying each other’s company, and we envy them. We can see into their bubble and they are often the model nuclear family, with two well-adjusted children and parents whose relationship hasn’t come undone. They never fight and they alway have something interesting for dinner, and fresh anecdotes to tell each other even though they have spent the past 3+ weeks in each other’s company. It seems like they are enjoying this lockdown – that they have had special time together and their lives are richer and better for it.

It’s not that I haven’t liked being in my bubble, as I have appreciated extra time with my children, and a solid stretch of parenting when normally I am moving between houses every four days. It has been nice to be in one place for almost 4 weeks. But now I’m handing the parenting over to Jonathan and his adjacent bubble. I am going to be child-free for a week or perhaps a couple – depending on when we go back to level 3.

I hope you are all thriving in your bubbles and not driving each other crazy! If you want to see the scene from the movie which this is based on, you can watch it here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 18/04/2020 5:35 pm

    I certainly know what you mean about wanting to see real people (in their bodily rather than electronic form) I wanted to see some friends today and even texted to say we were walking their way but William told me off that it was morally wrong and it wasn’t right to even see people for conversation at a distance of 3 metres. We ended up both grumpily walking home. Each cross with the other.


  2. Barbara Grace permalink
    18/04/2020 7:33 pm

    Great episode today Sarah thank you for your perceptive and funny commentary on life and weird times. Being a bubble of one, I have become an over-sharer on Facebook.Something I thought would never ever happen. I hope I come right. Hi Robyn!

  3. Brent Putze permalink
    20/04/2020 8:43 am

    Wonderful comic story. I’m very nervous about our bubbles not being able to protect us all if we come out of level 4 to early.

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