As part of May’s doorstep shoots, I asked families about their own unique experience of lockdown. I wanted to build up a little collection of our different memories and experiences of this strange old time – hopefully a meaningful little ray of sunshine amongst all this chaos. Many families answered these and they’ve been so heartwarming to read! I’m sharing them on the blog during June, and I really hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
I’ll hand you over to the lovely Fiona!
What has lockdown looked like for you and your family?
I started maternity leave just before lockdown and Danny has been working from home since the middle of March. We spent the first six weeks barely leaving the house but now try and make sure we go out each day. We’re really lucky to have space, though lockdown isn’t doing much for the state of our ‘lawn’.
Favourite lockdown activities?
We have spent a lot of time watching the diggers and dumpers at a local building site (we only do this with Emmett) and discovered hedgehogs living in our garden!
Most memorable / moving / thought-provoking lockdown moment?
Our daughter Ada was born not long after the start of lockdown. It has been a period of mixed emotions – we feel so lucky she’s here and healthy, and that we’ve had so much time the four of us. But we are also very sad not to be able to introduce her properly to her grandparents and let everyone have a cuddle. We have loved watching Emmett’s chat develop and hope having him at home has helped ease him into being a big brother. He has been so resilient and good humoured despite all the changes. That said, we all miss Emmett’s Thursdays with his Grandma and nursery.
Funniest lockdown moment?
Emmett’s been learning to tell jokes – you’re a bat! They’re an acquired taste.
Most joyful lockdown moment?
Ada’s arrival – of course.
What do you most want to remember about this time right now?
That actually, despite all the craziness, we not only got through it but also enjoyed (at least some) parts of it.
Has lockdown changed you, either as individuals or as a family?
I think it’s made us more appreciative, particularly of each other. I have also learnt (just about) how to do a weekly shop.
Aside from the obvious of being able to see your family and friends again, what are you most looking forward to in life after lockdown?
I miss my hairdresser.
Thanks so much to Fiona, Danny, Emmett + Ada for brightening up my own lockdown, I had a blast!
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Take care folks and enjoy those lovely families of yours!
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