• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Andi

Updated: Jun 19

As we are standing on the turning point of the lockdown being eased in the UK, I decided to embark on a new portrait project. Capturing this moment in time, with reflections from individuals about this season and thoughts about how a post-lockdown world might look.

Each portrait is a window into an individual's life, shot through the window of their home capturing the invisible separation that lockdown brings.

This is Andi, have a read of her story:

"I am a lecturer so very much still working from home but doing it all remotely as well as being in the second year of completing a PhD in health and social care. I’ve shared lockdown with my husband, Dan and our 4 year old son Rory.

Lockdown life for us has been a mixed bag. We have both been working from home so it has been a struggle to balance everything in the right way. I’m having to deliver all of my lessons remotely as well as mark electronically, which is particularly tough with 8,000 word dissertations. We’ve been asked to think about how our lectures can be delivered remotely next year. Whilst I love the innovation it brings it worries me that the role of the teacher and face to face contact is being somewhat devalued.

We have loved having more time as a family, really getting to know Rory’s personality. Rory has sensory processing disorder and was making brilliant progress prior to lockdown but it has taken a turn being at home with a change/lack of routine. That has been the hardest thing for us, especially as he is due to start school in September. It breaks our hearts that he might not get to finish pre-school and say goodbye properly, especially when they have been such a big part of his life.

We sadly had our second miscarriage this year mid-way through lockdown. But working from home has been a blessing. It’s meant I’ve been surrounded by the love of my husband and son, realising that if baby number 2 is not meant to be, it doesn’t matter.

We have an amazing son who has taught us a lot over the past couple of months!

We have really enjoyed being together more, taking time to appreciate each other and what we have. We’ve always loved walking as a family but have been completing lots of miles - our furthest in lockdown has been 17km, so we’d like to keep this up. I’ve also loved being in our village. The community have been amazing and we feel very lucky to be where we are and everyone looking after each other.

Once lockdown is lifted, I think the world will be very different. It will be hard for people to return to work after all this time, and I think ‘furlough syndrome’ will make getting back into the swing of normal everyday life quite hard. There will no doubt be a recession, but my biggest worry is the social aspect, especially with our son.

Sharing is suddenly not caring, as we’ve been telling him since day one. Instead he will have to be careful who he shares with and what it is. He’s a very tactile and empathetic child who loves to cuddle and play with his friends so I worry that element will change as social distancing elements will still be in place."

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