Apr 17, 2020 | By: Documentary Family Photographer Alison Lapczuk
The first few days of the Covid-19 Social Distancing measures were easy.
Our busy schedule simply disappeared. In a way it was a relief.
No hockey, no music, no packing lunches or rushing to get kids on the bus.
We played loads of mini sticks and board games...
I even had the kids start a Gratitude Journal.
We read Bob MacDonald's "Outer Space" by the fire in the mornings.
At first it was easy to focus on gratitude and all the good parts of social isolation.
Like these fun things!
FaceTime/Houseparty/GoogleMeet drinks with friends (Supposedly driven by the virus crisis, On-nomi (オン飲み, "Drinking on[line]") is the practice of getting together with friends on the internet and having a drink together.)
Tik Tok Dance Challenge with neighbours
Training kids to do chores!
Quarantine recipe sharing!
Settler's of Catan
Over time though, it's gotten hard.
A few days ago, I phoned my neighbour to see if she needed anything from the grocery store. When she asked 'how are you?', I started sobbing.
This is not me.
Turns out that when you have been stuck mostly indoors with your family 24-7, while the planet faces a pandemic and economic crash with no end in sight, you might need to let some steam out. A good long ugly-cry in the Co-op grocery store parking lot helps. Plus the Caesar and homemade food that my neighbour left on my front step upon my return..
I don't have any reason to complain. I've got it pretty great and I know that. I have my family, my cats, good wifi... what else do I need? ... It's just that isolation ain't easy - especially while homeschooling a couple of headstrong kids;)
So, if you are finding yourself sad, angry, frustrated, despite the fact that you have so much to be thankful for. Know that you're not alone.
See below some of my photographs from home this past month.
Alison Lapczuk is a documentary family photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. Her specialty is finished artwork created through photojournalistic photography of families, children, babies and dogs.