• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Kim

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 Kim, have a read of her story:

"We are a home educating family, so even before the pandemic I was based at home to focus on supporting our children’s learning.

There are six of us in our household and the house has been full again, with one having to come back from university on very short notice and college being closed for another. My husband, Liam has continued to work throughout because he is the chef manager for a local care home, and whilst my daughter Elizabeth has come home from university she has been continuing to work for the ambulance service in whatever capacity she can.

The challenge has been the misconception that life hasn't changed for us, when really it has changed a lot. Due to the work environments of those who do leave the house to work, we made the decision very early on to make sure that the residents and patients are kept as safe as possible, limiting social interactions as much as possible to reduce the risk of bringing anything home, which in turn could be taken to work.

I think it has been particularly challenging when well-meaning people assume that nothing has changed for us in our way of life, because we home educated before it became a national thing, but we are missing people terribly! The inability to jump in the car and meet family/friends and walk/talk for hours and drink coffee in a cafe is beginning to take its toll, in just the same way as the vast majority of other people.

Even though we miss people terribly, the slowing down and just taking time to press pause, has also been wonderful. There has been an opportunity to re-evaluate much of the 'stuff' I fill our time with. Seeing what I actually do miss and can't wait to return to doing, and those things that I don't miss very much at all. I think it has made me a bit more aware that I need to think about our schedules more deliberately and not just fill them up with things just because I can, but because I want to.

After lockdown, I am optimistic that people will be a bit more considerate towards each other. There has been a sense of unity in that we have all experienced this same event, although how it has affected us will be very personal."

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