After Covid 19


For the past year we have been inundated with so much conflicting information about a virus that has the whole world in its clutches. It hit us like a tsunami coming out of nowhere, and we are still gasping from its deadly attack.

As I ponder about what it will be like once Covid-19 is behind us, I find myself smiling. There are many things I would love to do. However, I will probably hug all the people I have missed hugging, so watch out, here comes Viola.

The loss of live human interaction has been frustrating. It is so important to our wellbeing. Social distancing is a necessity now, but human touch means a lot. Being a people person, I can see myself having small get togethers when we can mingle, chat, and of course eat. That will force me back into the kitchen to cook and bake.  I love entertaining, and have been starved of that joy.

If I bake, I end up eating the goodies, and have sadly developed a Covid belly.

Right now, we have to follow too many rules and regulations, albeit for our own good. The freedom of doing what I want, when I want, without the feeling of being trapped indoors is a delight that I look forward to.

I will admit that Zoom is the glue currently holding us together, and am grateful for it. However, I have experienced too many Zoom hiccups. It would be great to meet in person and share our thoughts, and facial expressions without hiding behind a mask.

Going to the movies, and eating a gourmet dinner in a fancy restaurant will be a good date night, that is, if my husband would like to do that.

Knowing him, he will probably be ready to whisk me off to a far-off destination on another exotic holiday. He loves planning trips, and our staycations are certainly not his cup of tea. He keeps talking about South America, because so far, the only country we have visited there is Peru. I am glad that I climbed Machu Picchu when I was younger.

I am not a shopper, but just the thought of browsing in a mall, window shopping, is an exciting prospect. I can’t believe that I am actually saying that!!

Perhaps the wedding receptions that were postponed will eventually happen, or on second thought, that is wishful thinking on my part, because the moment has passed.

I have missed going to church on a regular basis, so am really looking forward to worshipping in a full church with the choir singing, and receiving the Eucharist joyfully. I won’t be afraid to sneeze or cough with all eyes looking in my direction.

I feel that I have lost a whole year of watching my grandchildren grow. So, I can see myself wanting them for sleep overs to just spoil them, and listen to their interesting stories.

Hooray for a proper routine, in that I won’t be lounging around the house. I will actually be dressed up and driving somewhere, anywhere, after being cooped up for so long.

Now for a laugh. Two monks were walking together. One asked the other, “What wave of the virus is this?” to which the other replied, “I’ve lost count. There is only one wave I care about.”

“Which one is that?” asked the curious monk. With his hand lifted up, the monk waved and said, “Goodbye.”

I sincerely hope that I will be saying Goodbye to Covid-19 sooner than later. God willing.

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 08:41h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 10:26h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you Viola for your honest sharing. I do share your thoughts.

    In reality, we will be adapting to all the new normals in our daily lives.

    As you mentioned, “God willing”. For this, we pray.

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 12:41h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you Viola for your down to earth post, of a time we are all hungry and thirsting for! The pandemic has taught us so much about ourselves, and our fellow pilgrims. We cannot take anything for granted but have to simply adapt, be appreciative and grateful. Just like you, I am looking forward with anticipation, to our times, beyond the pandemic.

  • Rosa Scarpino
    Posted at 17:45h, 09 June Reply

    Thank you Viola for sharing. I will be happy to talk about anything else but Covid, vaccinations, first dose, second dose..It won’t be easy but we will return to our routines.
    Thank for your sense of humour, it is much needed, God bless, Rosa.

  • Roy Fanthome
    Posted at 02:52h, 10 June Reply

    Thanks. It will certainly pass. What does not kill will strengthen who progress “mindfully “.

  • Mario Coutinho & Olivia Coutinho
    Posted at 12:14h, 10 June Reply

    Hi Viola,
    That was an excellent bit of covid for future reminscoviding as only you and some gifted people can deliver,
    Olivia and I too miss the entertaining and being entertained. Thank you for putting my sentiments into words. Keep them coming. I am sure that I will be inspired someday soon to do likewise, maybe not attain your proficiency.
    We are glad that we joined your group. It was to our benefit, albeit reluctantly so on my part.
    God Bless you and yours.
    Mario and Olivia

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