Quell the Quarantine

Quelling the Quarantine blues. (posting this a couple of years later. Why not? Hope you enjoy it nonetheless).


It’s been months now with little respite insight. The new normal is delving into one’s self and creating activities to delight, amuse and educate our children and ourselves.

Here, we have been doing more and more cooking, completing home improvement projects, daily exercise activities, reading, creating new games, sleeping, and Netflix.


With young children, these are all great starts, but were we find our kids are more and more amused and intrigued are when we meld, mix and cross pollinate activities and toys. For example, on our hell flight back to Hong Kong from San Francisco, our kids discovered Angry Birds. Now how to take this to the next level, we of course had to design and build a giant slingshot out of crib sides and exercise rubber bands and we stacked up various toys and blocks for our demolition structures. A turn at launching balls, toys, and various other objects is a great way to keep the kids amused and outside. No one got hurt and our kids now understand a bit more about physics and design.


That took up a couple of days. Next we discovered that we can fly kites off of our rooftop. This was great until they crashed on the neighbors rooftops.


Running out of creative ideas to blend activities while unable to leave our house, we turned to cooking. Pasta shapes were on the menu. If you want an activity to amuse and feed the kids, there is no better joy than knowing how to make pasta sheets, shapes and meals.


While we still haven’t managed to get back to normal, we have found many ways to learn and enjoy each others’ company. Not to mention all the great meals and memories we created.

Whatever your living situation, find activities which you enjoy doing and share them with your family.


Hang in there world. It will get better.


September 17, 2023 by scott stuart

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