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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

It has been an interesting yet difficult time of adjusting since you came. Our lives as a family have changed quite significantly while trying to get used to new norms. With the circuit breaker, what we missed is being able to go out and hang out with our friends and loved ones, having some physical interaction and activities rather than to do it virtually. We also had to postpone our travelling plans with friends and family. 

 

One of the worries that we had as a family was how to keep my autistic and ADHD brother occupied at home for more than a month! He is so used to the usual routines of his daily life that when this happened, we had to explain to him that he cannot go out to his day care centre, church and also the fitness corner near our house due to the virus. He kept requesting to go out, but we just had to keep on explaining to him till he understood. 

 

One of the worries that we had as a family was how to keep my autistic and ADHD brother occupied at home for more than a month!

Just before the circuit breaker took place, we bought some jigsaw puzzle sets and crossword puzzle books so that he is able to have some motor and thinking skills while doing them at home. It came nicely to help occupy his time so that he would not be too restless. After a couple of weeks of being at home, he is liking his activities and looks forward to doing it regularly. He also enjoys eating and we try to buy him his favourite foods when he requests for them.  

 

Since we have quite a bit of free time, we also used this time as a family to bond through activities like baking, playing mahjong and also Nintendo Switch games. We didn’t do a lot of these activities often before as we were busy working and hanging out with friends. But through this period of time, I have learnt to treasure and enjoy these family bonding times and conversations. We got to know each other better through the weeks. Hope that this will be the new norm for us – to spend more time with each other even after the circuit breaker. 

Lydia Soh

13 May 2020