COMMUNITY LIFE IN SPAIN
At 8AM the emergency measures went into effect. Ten minutes earlier, Félix pulled the eyelash of my right eye up, telling me: “No daddy, it’s not sleeping time any more. You have to play with me.” We had oatmeal for breakfast, with honey, goji berries, sesame seeds and some brazil nuts. It rained again a bit this morning, which was another blessing for the land.
Anna took Ollie to meet up with a handful of her classmates, presumably to talk about what the lockdown would mean for their schooling, but ended up just going to class for half a day. My mom sent me an email, asking us to consider going back to Holland as soon as possible. Esther, a fellow community member, also Dutch, cooked the communal lunch today. When we were all sitting down to eat, we started exchanging thoughts about what to do and what not concerning the virus and the strict rules from the authorities.
Félix and I had fun on the trampoline. Anna had her lunch at school, which is a few hundred meters down the road, on a neighbouring field. She came back afterwards and Félix had a little nap with her. After that, Ollie also fell asleep while breastfeeding. It gave Anna some time to think – which is at least as rare as rainfall around here. After that, she wrote her class: “Hey guys, sorry, I will take this week off for some self care and adding one more drop to the big slowing down of the world. Love you all and see you soon anyway.”
When the boys woke up, we tried to video-call my mom. She didn’t pick up, so we sent her a short video message in stead. She replied later saying thank you, and also that the frying pan and chef’s knife that I’d ordered in November had finally been delivered. She is taking care of our house and cat back in Holland. Today, by way of exception, she didn’t have to sign for the package.
In the last 24 hours, the coronavirus killed 48 people in Spain and 621 worldwide. 1954 new cases were discovered in Spain alone. Hungary will be closing the borders and the airport. Holland also seems to be following Spain and France’s example, if I’m not mistaken. I haven't gotten round yet to googling the prime minister’s address to the nation.
We ran out of bread so I ended up making chapati’s with hummus for supper.