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Everyday Moments – (#SOL- 2020)

27-07-2020

Apart from the coronavirus which has become so much a part of our lives that there is no one who does not speak about it at least once in a conversation, shake their heads and wonder when it will all end. We don’t watch the TV news at all because reading the newspaper feels more than enough. I like to talk to my relatives and friends, specially seniors, it is so much more personal than just exchanging WhatsApp messages. And specially in these times I make it a point to talk to at least four people in a week. We talk quite a bit and then end with the virus!! Here most people wear masks but there are some who don’t. We go for a walk every evening and some days, after returning from our walk, my neighbours and I sit to talk for some time.

My friend and I 🙂

Last week we had very little rain and just did not feel like monsoon season. That makes everyone anxious, but nothing is in our hands. We used to hear the drizzling of rain at night. But since Saturday it is raining again but not like in June and first half of this month. My husband likes to dry his clothes in the sun and when it starts raining suddenly, he rushes out. I feel too lazy for that 😊.

On the 23rd my husband’s cousin passed away in our village, she was only 48. She was not keeping good health for some time. These days the first question people ask is whether a person had Covid!

On the 26th evening Dr Krishna Rao who had been the dean of our medical college for 22 years passed away, he was 96 and in good health, mentally and physically till the end. He was loved and respected by his students and by all those who came into contact with him. There were many Deans after him but he was THE DEAN to all. He loved reading and was a member of our Book club. We all have wonderful memories of him. He will be missed by his near and dear ones.

Some days ago we came across a way of walking which is being recommended by many. It is to walk in the shape of eight. We do not need a lot of space. We are walking like that when it rains. We keep two chairs a little away from each other and walk for half an hour. It is nice and there is something different, I cannot say what it is, but it is good. We are learning something new everyday.

I finished the book, The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel. It is a fascinating book about the author’s library and about libraries in different parts of the world in different ages. I am listening to Tom Sawyer in Audibles 😊. The book is as nice now as  it was long back. Many books are like that.

On the 24th I sent a mail to my Doddamma, her daughter-in-law, Sujata will read it to her. I have attached many photos too.

And, life goes on.

Amarnath Yatra cancelled for this year due to coronavirus COVID … https://zeenews.india.com/india/amarnath-yatra-cancelled-for-this-year

https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/8-walking-a-simple-alternative-daily.

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle.
We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating.
I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too.
Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

12 replies on “Everyday Moments – (#SOL- 2020)”

You really captured the feeling of the times. Somehow even as it is so strange and stressful it’s been happening for so long it has become almost normal.

It is so good to connect with people – I see a few people through my volunteer work delivering food and did manage to see one friend a week or so ago. It was nice.

I like the idea of figure-eight walking. How big is your space for walking? I’m curious to know if after a certain point, when the ‘8’ gets too big, if it feels different. I also like that depending on your perspective it’s not an eight, it’s an infinity symbol: ∞

Stay safe – all the best to you and your family.

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This is a quiet, contemplative post, even though it was about talking! Your figure eights reminded me of the brain breaks I had with my students, especially one who had emotional difficulties. Making that figure by walking, moving his arms, writing on the board, or with his fingers on his desk would help to “reset” his brain for a bit. Thank you for the reminder!

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Brain breaks are activities that help children regain focus, calm down, move a bit if the lesson has required sitting for too long. They can be as simple as doing exercises at their desk, or as detailed as doing a class dance. They usually last no more than three to five minutes.

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I like how you make it a point to keep in touch with four people a week. In these times it is so important to stay in touch and let others know we are thinking about them. I also like the figure right walking. I need to walk more and just might give this a try.

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