Charley !! 2020 is just half way but i bet everyone has a ‘story’. I recall in January I was chatting with some colleagues in the office and we discussed the Covid-19 situations and how it was impacting China’s economy and the world. Our discussions were far of from Ghana. I even said I was sure that in worse case scenario, by the time it ‘arrived’ on our shores, there will be a vaccine of some sort.Little did I know that it was a few weeks away if not already in.
For those of you who do not know, I work in an international school so were really worried and monitoring the news hoping for the best and then went the BIG BAM, Ghana records it first case. The real wahala then begins, phone calls, emails, whatsapp message and etc, eventually my school closes down, then The Government closes all schools plus restrictions etc.
Suddenly I was home with three kids, hubby and my mum, a household if six; initially it was fun to have everyone at home at once. It was fun making breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday whilst we watched movies, went for jogging and naturally feeling at home, I must say I enjoyed this time paaa, when some people kept complaining that the lockdown be lifted, I opposed vehemently not really because I was afraid of infection.
I simply Ioved being home.
Sooner it became obvious that we were in this for the long haul, before I knew it. I was set up to work from home; working from home hasn’t been ‘rosy’ as I thought! ( I will discuss this further some other time). My kids needed to be engaged because they couldn’t be watching TV all the time; thier school started online learning, mind you I work in a school too and by this time we had already began the online learning and work was piling up for me, trust me ‘ working from home’ can be a pain!! Husband dear had to return to work.
My mum left me for her house too and here I am with three kids, all alone!
First off, they ate a lot more times than usual, there were too many ‘ fights’ mediations; mum Papa chuckled at me, Maame didn’t say sorry, Nana Aba tore my book. Can I have snack? Stop, sit down, go and nap, turn the TV off, lower the volume, keep it down…etc etc, these were and and still were my anthems! Whew, it tiring. I wished on many occasions for school to reopen so I can send them packing with thier wahala to thier teachers! Teachers are trying indeed!
I soon realised I had to put a system in place before exhaustion and depression ‘kills’ me before Covid -19; these days, I try to wake up at 7, usually with the last baby in tow! Prepare breakfast for and keep the house in order and cater for the baby. The two ‘bosses’ are usually up by 8am or 30 ish to brush and go through the usual morning routines. I would then rest and surf the Internet for a while and go through work stuff, respond to emails and answer or return a few work calls and complete any outstanding.
By 10am home schooling begins for my kids up until 12 noon, by the way I opted for this because to me it much more effective. There are tonnes of resources available online and Google is just a click away. We all take a break by 12 noon to either sleep or rest, usually that’s my preference, others watch cartoons or make a nuisance of themselves, when I get tired of shouting, I resort to lashes, it has a faster way of bringing peace and quiet for a while.
Lunch is served by 1.30 pm, most often it just a matter of reheating or warming it because I normally will cook in bulk and store. Between lunch and dinner, I will either nap, go back to work to finish up for the day, check up on family and friends, watch some movies, read some books; I just finished reading THE SMART WOMAN MONEY 1 and 2, by Arese Ugwu I highly recommend this for every woman and write down a few business ideas.
Dinner is usually between 5: 30pm and 6:30 pm, after which the kids will do some revision and Watch cartoons until thier bedtime at 10pm. On normal days, bedtime is at 7.30pm but Covid-19 just showed up to reshuffle our lives.
I on the other hand have become nocturnal, so I would stay up to watch movies on Netflix or Youtube, chat with the ‘bestie’, make plans, look for new recipes ( I have learnt to make bread, pizza and lemon garlic grilled chicken) and the cycle continues.
The past few months have taught me real lessons; being a housewife is a full time job, they do a lot more than I thought, time is really scares, make use of it. Life is really fragile, enjoy your time with those who matter before its too late. Health is wealth indeed! I tell you the fear of covid has changed my life style completely; these days I exercise daily, 100 – 200 skips, 50 rounds of stomach exercises, 25 squarts and 20 jumping jacks. I drink bayleaf and lemon tea every morning. I also take my daily supplements ( Wellwoman) and Vitamin C. I am not “playing” but above all staying home has afforded me a lot more time to pray and connect to God.
Nonetheless, I miss dressing up to go to work everyday, dropping and picking my kids from school, going to church on Sundays and life being ” normal”, the sad thruth is that it will take a while, until then let us all breathe and live. This too shall pass!!