Yes, We Stay At Home During Coronavirus Outbreak, But It's Not That Easy

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Hi, assalamu alaikum.

We've missed our local tourism destinations already. It's been 2 weeks since self quarantine announcement. It's so understandable why we miss them.

That morning, March 14, 2020, a same message came to WhatsApp groups of class 4 and 5. It said that school is off for 14 days starting from that day due to coronavirus outbreak.

My sons were very happy when they first got the news. But then, "For two weeks?"

"Yes," I said.

"I'm gonna be bored."

No school for 2 weeks but it's not holiday nor vacation. There are projects to finish everyday. Two projects for each day. And my sons have already got bored even with their computers and TV.

"I wanna go to masjid," asked Mr. Professor one afternoon.

"No, you can't. You have to do salah at home."

"But, I wanna go."

"You have to stay at home, no matter what."

He began to cry and his big brother, Mr. Inventor, calmed him down.

We discussed about it and I enclosed it with a hadith about getting  reward as a martyr (shahid) for staying at home while there's a plague around.

It's really not easy to stay at home with kids. Mr. Admiral always wanted to go out to play.

Sometimes I let him go out and play outside just for a while. I have to pursue him to get into the house.

Many more things to tell, but there is another surprise: no school days is extended until April 5 according to government's rule.

(Update: it's extended until April 19, 2020 -- but I'm not sure school will run normally on schedule)

Oh God. I hope we are all safe and healthy and the pandemic ends sooner.

"Where do you think we should go when Covid-19 pandemic has gone?" asked Mr. Inventor.

"I think we should go to Sarangan Lake. What do you think?" I said.

"What about we go to Duta Restaurant in Ngawi?" said Mr. Professor.

Mr. Admiral didn't say anything. He doesn't really understand what is going on. All he wants is riding in a car. Travel as far as we can. And whenever the car goes back home, he cries.

"I wanna take more ride..."

This is a collaboration work with Icajahe
Read her article here: Stay at Home, Will You?

15 Comments

  1. udah lebih dari dua minggi dirumah aja rasanya udah kerasa bosan emang yaa, jangankan anak kecil, kita orang dewasa pun udah kerasa hihihi, semangaaat, demi kebaikan bersama, semoga kondisi ini segera berlalu

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    1. betul. kelihatannya adem ayem, tapi ga bisa dipungkiri ada efeknya ke dlm jiwa. semacam optimism and pesimism collides.

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  2. Bagi orang di kota dan yg terbiasa aktivitas di luar pasti terasa banget efeknya ya. Kami di kampung merasa tidak banyak berubah karena kebetulan pembatasan masih sebatas kesadaran pribadi untuk jaga jarak dan pola hidup sehat. Kebetulan di daerah saya masih zona hijau. Semoga pandemi ini segera berakhir ya. Aamiin.

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    1. aaamiiin.

      Di sini juga masih semi desa, mbak. Orang-orang masih santuy ngumpul di warkop.

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  3. anakku udah bosen maksimal, soalnya dia udah sebulan di rumah aja, aku udah bingung cari kegiatan buat dia hahaha

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  4. Ya ampun corona bikin bt akan tetapi ada hikmahnya selama ini jadi lebih dekat dengan keluarga

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  5. Udah sebulan, mbak, huhu ... After the pandemi I really want to meet my parents. Mudik ... semoga bisa ya. Cepetan pergi dong zombie corona.

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  6. Nggak terasa udah 3 minggu bwelalu dirumah terus. emang sih terhindar dari virua tapi badan ini makin melar kak. hehehehe. Semoga corona ini cept berlalu

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  7. udah sebulan dirumah aja hiks udah nano-nano rasanya, tapi dinikmatin aja :D karena ini pilihan yang terbaik

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  8. My daughter also say bored at home because she want meet her friends and also scarry with me as her teacher wkwkk

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  9. Exactly! Di rumah aja bener2 bosen dan lebih capek, tapi memang ini yang terbaik yang bisa kita lakukan saat ini ya mbak

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  10. Anakku yang pertama santuy aja di rumah, yang kedua yang bolak balik bilang bosan bosan, jdnya kudu sering2 bikin cara supaya betah salah satunya jalan2 virtual hehe

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  11. I know it is not that easy at all but we can fight it together! Semangat selaluuu yaaa mba

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  12. FYI sekolahan dekat rumah aku tadinya udah masuk minggu ini tapi di protes masyarakat jadinya ngundur lagi soalnya dia private school jadi seenak dewe. Huhu semoga corona segera berlalu

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Thanks for taking the next step with me. Your thoughts are welcome.