Ironing? Gardening? Painting?

I’m Learning to Love Them All

April 24 2020 Leah Ruddy Transition Year

It was only a few months ago people here in Ireland started hearing about the coronavirus that was affecting China at the time. Many people here, including myself, never thought this virus would come to our shores and affect us like it has.

It has been about a month since it was announced that Ireland was going into lockdown. Since then I have only left my house for exercise and a few trips in the car to my pharmacy and supermarket. It’s strange not being able to go meet my friends, visit family and go wherever I want to go, but it’s something we all have to do to get through this and come out the other side.

This lockdown has given me the chance to spend some quality time with my family, which we don’t get often because everyone is always busy studying, working and going out. Me and my older brother and sister have been spending a lot more time than we normally would with each other, and I’m really enjoying it. We have been playing cards, watching Netflix, baking, sunbathing in the garden and getting under each other’s skin sometimes!

I have been on Zoom and FaceTime calls with my friends and family a lot during the lockdown. It’s sad not being able to be in their company, but at the moment I am just happy to see them and laugh with them and keep each other’s spirits up.

During this lockdown I have developed a lot of new skills. I have become a master chef and baker (well I think I have!), I’ve been studying for my driving theory test which I will be taking when I am able to do so, I’ve started going for runs most days and I have learned how to do chores such as ironing, gardening and painting, and, surprisingly, I actually enjoy it!

I think Ireland as a nation is coping well in this difficult time we are living in. We are all doing our bit to contain the spread of coronavirus by staying at home and social distancing. I think credit has to be given to the people of Ireland for listening to the government’s advice and guidelines. I think without the amazing work of all the health workers we would be in a much worse situation, they all deserve so much credit.

This is a picture of one of the new skills I learned during lockdown, helping my dad with the gardening. I haven’t taken many pictures recently, so this will have to do!  I know it isn’t perfect, but it definitely looks better than it was before!