Life in lockdown has definitely been a challenge. I’m quite an anxious person so it’s been hard to keep motivated and positive but one thing that has helped which I’ve been doing recently is chatting with some cousins via video.
I’m particularly close to my cousin Jill who, despite her claiming otherwise, is the same age as me. I will concede that I am actually older than her but we’re talking months, not years. We would often spend time together during school holidays even though we didn’t live that close to one another and we’ve remained close, regularly talking on the phone for hours at a time and visiting each other when we could.
Jill’s sister Julie has always been close to another cousin, Pat as they are similar ages and the 3 of them have taken several holidays together. In 2019 I tagged along too to the island of Kos for a week of fun.
We have our own Whatsapp group and regularly message each other with our news but recently we decided to do a video call and we’ve been doing them each week for a while now. It’s something to look forward to.
Like a lot of people we’ve had to get used to new technology and we use Google Duo for our chats. We were in hysterics one week when we discovered we could become animals or wear hats while chatting.Of course there is lots of serious stuff going on around us but these chats bring connection and laughter, both of which are really important when we’ve all been so isolated. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up in person at some point. We might even manage another holiday!