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After hearing an advert for the newly launched ‘Grounded with Louis Theroux’ podcast, my eight-year-old daughter turns to me and says, “it really does feel like we’ve been grounded for being naughty”. Just one of so many statements she’s made since lockdown that makes my heart sink. The tears usually come at bedtime with talk of missing her friends and school – last night said she hopes they cancel the summer holidays, then woke hours later with nightmares! Despite my continuous jazz hands with activities and entertainment, there is a void
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that cannot be filled.

With the help of booze and obsessive cooking, I have managed to stay pretty positive until now – there’s the usual rollercoaster of emotions and feeling as though I’ve permanently got PMT but a new heavier wave has landed this week since it became clear the grounding can’t be completely lifted for quite some time.

I feel like we have been on a lockdown journey; the family bond has cemented even further over the last few weeks…. we’ve got through this together! But I am ready for more normality to commence. I have

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been furloughed for 6 weeks, which can sound like being given a golden ticket, but I love my job and overnight hit pause on doing what I enjoyed for 35 hours a week. My other half is a key worker and resentment has started to sneak in that his life has been relatively unaffected, while I’ve become a teacher and housewife, making sure dinner is on the table when he returns home. Literally feel like we’ve reversed to the 1950’s and he’s in his element!

I realise how blooming lucky we are, and the main priority is everyone’s health. But, I also

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want to get back to feeling myself again. I thought I’d totally lost my sense of humour, but seeing my five-year-old son wear a Tiger King style mullet wig proved me wrong. I just don’t laugh as much. Their hugs feel magical and whilst some comments make my heart sink, others make it swell.

These earlier lockdown days have been made up with constant WhatsApp messages and hilarious memes, booze fuelled afternoon/evenings; enthusiasm for arts & crafts; treasure hunts and kitchen discos. The trouble is I just don’t’ fancy drinking anymore

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alcohol and I’m done with the baking! Maybe trying cocktails will help….there’s a bottle of sangria downstairs, I’ll give that a whirl.
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- 16 May 20

After hearing an advert for the newly launched ‘Grounded with Louis Theroux’ podcast, my eight-year-old daughter turns to me and says, “it really does feel like we’ve been grounded for being naughty”. Just one of so many statements she’s made since lockdown that makes my heart sink. The tears usually come at bedtime with talk of missing her friends and school – last night said she hopes they cancel the summer holidays, then woke hours later with nightmares! Despite my continuous jazz hands with activities and entertainment, there is a void that cannot be filled.

With the help of booze and obsessive cooking, I have managed to stay pretty positive until now – there’s the usual rollercoaster of emotions and feeling as though I’ve permanently got PMT but a new heavier wave has landed this week since it became clear the grounding can’t be completely lifted for quite some time.

I feel like we have been on a lockdown journey; the family bond has cemented even further over the last few weeks…. we’ve got through this together! But I am ready for more normality to commence. I have been furloughed for 6 weeks, which can sound like being given a golden ticket, but I love my job and overnight hit pause on doing what I enjoyed for 35 hours a week. My other half is a key worker and resentment has started to sneak in that his life has been relatively unaffected, while I’ve become a teacher and housewife, making sure dinner is on the table when he returns home. Literally feel like we’ve reversed to the 1950’s and he’s in his element!

I realise how blooming lucky we are, and the main priority is everyone’s health. But, I also want to get back to feeling myself again. I thought I’d totally lost my sense of humour, but seeing my five-year-old son wear a Tiger King style mullet wig proved me wrong. I just don’t laugh as much. Their hugs feel magical and whilst some comments make my heart sink, others make it swell.

These earlier lockdown days have been made up with constant WhatsApp messages and hilarious memes, booze fuelled afternoon/evenings; enthusiasm for arts & crafts; treasure hunts and kitchen discos. The trouble is I just don’t’ fancy drinking anymore alcohol and I’m done with the baking! Maybe trying cocktails will help….there’s a bottle of sangria downstairs, I’ll give that a whirl.

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