Lockdown Diaries #6

Hi y’all! How is everything? I’ve forgotten how many weeks it’s been now, although I’ve definitely been out a little bit more in the past few weeks, with masks and gloves on. Oddly, I’ve adapted to it a little bit now, found a sort-of routine and forced myself to stick to parts of it most of the time.

This week, I wanted to get a lot more serious than I’ve been in the past, so it’s going to get heavy, and many of you might want to disagree, but I thought it’d be pertinent to talk about this because of where we find ourselves in this moment of time. I’ve been wondering for the past two months, how is it that in 2020, more than a hundred years after the last pandemic, we’re basically not much better off than our counterparts in 1918? And how is it, that despite having a pandemic pop up once every 100 years or so since we’ve basically learned to document history, we find ourselves in a situation caused directly due to our sense of invincibility?

Lockdown Diaries Part 5

I try to hold myself accountable but sometimes, you just have to take a break, you know? Last weekend, I ended up spending some time watching this amazing movie my partner found out about.

It’s a French movie called “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” that won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2019, as well as the Queer Palm award at the festival, the first time a woman director has won the award. While I missed you, it was time well spent.

Anyway, last time I said I was going to have a guest on this episode, and I do! My guest this time is an elementary school teacher in the Miami-Dade school district in Florida. I’m not going to call her N to keep her name from doing the rounds of Internet for eternity. We talked about how distance learning has been during the lockdown, and whether it’s been all bad. She had some powerful points to make about how this pandemic has shown us that we had the means to be efficient in teaching kids, but never really made the effort and the reasons why.