28 Mar 2020

BESIDES ME .... MY PHONE

While I am writing,  just besides me is my smartphone. The reason is that I spend a lot of time on the phone. We are all locked up because of the Coronavirus and can only go out shopping for food or to the pharmacy.

Therefore for the moment my smartphone is my only connection to my friends and family, as my family lives in Amsterdam and we are not allowed to travel to another country. With my friends it's a bit different we all live in the same town, and my two best friends not far, so that from time to time we can go out for a walk together and sit together in our gardens, always respecting the distance of 1.50 m (4.11ft).

I think we all have never lived such a situation and that's why my phone is always besides or with me.

Sometimes I think that I am playing in a film and not the best one. Everything seems to be so unreal, like being stopped and asked where I am going. Has not yet happened to me but to younger people because they were 4 instead of two sitting in  the same car. Two per car are allowed unless you have a very big one where the allowed distance can be kept. Public buses only take 5 people per Bus. 

The good thing is that people who never greeted each other suddenly turn out to be human beings and are very helpful. My husband who is Italian watches each day the RAI the Italian TV channel.  Italy is the country in Europe which the Virus loved the most.

What I admire is the Italian population, they are really united in their misfortune and very brave,  and each evening they are singing on the balconies in honor of the medical staff.

When I think that today I can take my phone and call my little grandson, see him, speak to him and show him things, while when I was a child I had to write to my grandma once I could write but that was not so easy, then buy a stamp and put it on the envelope, walk to the mailbox and then wait for the answer ! This usually lasted nearly a month if she replied immediately it was in the 50th !

So I am thankful to have my phone just besides me, which helps me to keep contact with everybody and not feel too isolated.


Linking to Linda G. Hills SOCS - Beside me

11 comments:

Andrew said...

Your have experience of the end of WWII. Is this worse?

jabblog said...

We live in strange times. In UK we are encouraged to go out for exercise, but only once a day. Many green spaces owned by the National Trust or the Forestry Commission have been shut down, because people have been crowding into them - ridiculous!

fuzzypandaonthemove.blogspot.com said...

Hi, I also have my phone beside me most of the time. It's my window to the world. Jenny Young https://jennyyoung27.wordpress.com/2020/03/28/lockdown-day-2-creativity/

peppylady (Dora) said...

Our world is changing in front of our eyes, a lease there social media to keep contact with world.

Kate Powell said...

The Italians have inspired me too...
I am grateful for phones too -- and also remember getting letters from my grandma and Aunt Elsa. I have taken to writing letters in this pandemic... with little postcards that I sketched. They are very uplifting to the people tha get them.

John Holton said...

Times change, and we must change with them...

Wendy said...

I'm so grateful to have my phone and to be able to stay in touch with family and friends.

Linens and Royals said...

I was halfway through a term of lessons on using my new Iphone when lessons had to be cancelled but I know enough to keep in touch with family and friends.

Mara said...

I am glad about having a smart phone now. It does make it easier to stay in touch and the isolation doesn't hit as hard.

Tamago said...

I’m thankful for smartphone, too. I can connect to my family overseas any time. Physically meeting is becoming more and more difficult under current situation.

William Kendall said...

I really owe my dad a call.