Quarantine Chronicles: More Isolated & Domesticated Than Ever

I’ve been practicing social distancing and working from home for 3 weeks, and it’s been a tricky transition. My husband still leaves the house to work every weekday, so I’ve become responsible for our young daughter’s distance learning. I’m struggling to find a rhythm for working from home, giving my daughter and husband the attention they need, and doing more cooking and cleaning than I usually do. I’ve never been this domestic! And I haven’t yet figured out a way to carve out time and space to take care of myself personally. It’s a strange place to be…feeling both more isolated than ever (cut off from regular interactions with family, friends, coworkers, and strangers that I’d see in public), but also never alone (because I’m constantly with my daughter, and often my husband). I feel very fortunate, but not quite like myself right now.

About This Story

  • Project: COVID-19
  • Date submitted: April 3, 2020
  • Emotional tone: Negative
  • Who should know about this? Friends and family, Leaders who make decisions, and My community

About the Storyteller

  • Community: Boynton Beach
  • Age: 31-40
  • Gender: Female
  • Concerns: Being alone, Health of my friends and/or family, Health of the community, My child's education, and Safety of those who can't care for themselves

How the Storyteller Interpreted Their Story

Note: Responses which fell closer to the middle (between two or three options) are shown as two dashes.
  • My story shows we need to: --
  • Who my story is about: Myself
  • Why people acted the way they did: --
  • How people were treated: NA
  • In my story, there are: No solutions
  • In my story: I am stressed out
  • My story shows: --
  • My story teaches us that: NA
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  • My story is about: --