Mask Virus

Mask Virus

Ilze Croucamp

On 15 March 2020 our president announces that our country will go into lockdown. For just over a month, through social media, we become aware of this Corona virus (later known as Covid-19). The mask virus. In our house I refer to masks as our suffocation machines. Not as comfortable to wear, but important for the protection of the people around you.

Before lockdown we bought food. I have to admit that I had a big fear that products like bread and milk would not be available, but as time went by the fears subsided. We had food every day for which I am very thankful.

On account of my own health problems, my life currently is in a state of hibernation. I avoid the shops and driving around unnecessarily. Zoom meetings and video calls have become the new norm of communication. Even for my husband who works from home, as well as for my daughter, the student, and my youngest who can chat with the youth of her church every Sunday.

Sometimes I am emotional and I miss the chats with the staff at school every day, as well as the daily laughs and hugs of the children. I don’t know when we will be able to experience this freely again.

I miss my friends and my church. 

For now, I walk the unfamiliar path with my hand in the hand of the Familiar One.

Originally published in My Child and I, Spring 2020


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