Love Via Video Phone
An interesting phenomena in New York is that there are those having long distance relationships via phone video when both are here in the same city?! My wife and I can’t make heads or tails of it. Why are those in romantic relationships doing the “long distant” thing when they don’t have to be.
Of course this does not mean not being careful. Each of the two would need to be tested for COVID-19 and/or wait at least two weeks to see if any symptoms exist.
But there is probably an answer to why the non-separation-separation occurs and it might be a number of things such as not having a commitment in the relationship? Or fear of intimacy? Or fear of not being in the “right” relationship? Or fear of being in an unhealthy relationship? And so on and so forth.
It’s Always 5pm
All these weeks later I still can’t make sense of it all. I feel like I’m living in a sci-fi novel, the bad kind about a protagonist who is trying to save the world by fighting a virus. The difference between reading a novel versus living it, is that when you live it, you cannot stop turning the pages. The pages are turned for you. Day in, day out. As mentioned, our running joke is my calling out “It’s always 5pm” to my wife and our 11 year old daughter. What is meant by that phrase is that time is speeding by.
It’s Nipping at Our Toes
Starting my day is waking up at the crack of dawn and writing for a few hours before my wife and daughter rise. When they do, my my daughter , after breakfast and brushing her teeth goes into her room for distance learning while my wife travels into the living room to remotely do her job. I check in on client and personal projects and affirm against my schedule that I’ll be able to complete what is written. And throughout all of this, the Coronavirus is nipping at our toes.
What is It Always?
I am no more clearer on what it means to experience the changes due to COVID-19 than I was two and a half months ago when this all started. I do know though that this is my and my wife’s “New normal,” while for my daughter this is “normal.” The big push is on throughout the nation (or at least on Fox) is to get back to work. Ironically, our family is already at work. And although at this moment it is only around 7:30am E.S.T., I feel like calling out “It’s always 5pm!”
Arcade of Confusion
It’s Day 71, which means it has been well over 2 months since my family and I decided to do the lockdown. Thankfully me, my wife and our 11 year old daughter all get along well or this would be impossible. Having these relationships make the process a lot easier but it still doesn’t help me avoid walking into the Arcade of Confusion.
What is the “Arcade of Confusion.” It’s a metaphor for going a bit bonkers and not keeping track of the processes at hand. For me this manifested as moving forward with a media project with my brother who lives 3,000 miles away. I thought that I had followed the proper technology procedure only to mess up the process without me being conscious of doing so.
Knocking Your Head Against the Wall
The problem was framed in such a way that the solution seemed impossible to have happened. I knocked my head against the wall of the Coronavirus, trying to figure out what happened. I finally did and it was made possible through thinking outside of the fourth wall and therefore being free of the Arcade of Confusion.