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As the lockdown continues, we're learning fast about slowing down

Sarah Caden


In this lockdown, what we're doing all day is surviving - we are busy, but we are not sure what we've done, writes Sarah Caden

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Little House on the Prairie: 'My mind turned last week to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books I loved as a child'. Photo: Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Little House on the Prairie: 'My mind turned last week to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books I loved as a child'. Photo: Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Little House on the Prairie: 'My mind turned last week to the Laura Ingalls Wilder books I loved as a child'. Photo: Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Last week in lockdown, my household got some pets. Some stayed with us a lockdown length of time, which is short. In that case, they were born out of the text that arrived via one of my WhatsApp groups, promising hours of fun for the children as they brought 3D animals into our home via an app. A tiger on the kitchen counter. A turtle in the bath. A dog on the sofa.

Do I need to explain? Didn't your household get, well, minutes of fun out of it too? And then the pictures began arriving, again via the various WhatsApp groups, of everyone else with a tiger in the kitchen, a turtle in the bath, a dog on the sofa.

The novelty lasted the now familiar lockdown limit of approximately one hour, from the first text to the point that other people's pictures began to get irritating.