In One Week…

In parts of the world this has gone on for months. But in Ireland, COVID-19 really hit home about a week ago when schools closed and we began to take this disease very seriously. We are one week in. In just one week our life has changed dramatically. We’ve done our part to keep to ourselves. The kids are too young to understand the COVID-19 crisis, and yet they’ve been very understanding. πŸ€” It’s early days of course, but I’m proud of these three little people.

One Week, the Highs and Lows

I’m terrified, the news is simply horrific, and I fear for the health of those I love near and far. I’ve kept smiling for these three little people. And they’ve given me plenty of reasons to smile. This week I have:

  • Danced the Macarena with the kiddos… its amazing how quickly it comes back to you.
  • Learned The Haka (Don’t even ask, sometimes you just have to close all the blinds and do it for your kids).
  • Walked, walked and walked some more.
  • Stopped 1,926 times on such walks as son collects “fossils.” Carried, lugged, stored and displayed said fossils in car, house, basically they’re everywhere I turn.
  • Attended college online from the couch. It’s pretty comfy.
  • Watched the Apollo 11 launch with my seven year old. Surprisingly moved by it, as was seven year old. I’d recommend, check it out on Netflix.
  • Visited the Melbourne Museum, Dublin Zoo, and Irish National Stud, all online with my kids from the kitchen island.
Rock collections are growing uncontrollably on window sills, in corners, and around potted plants. Help!

We’ve also had our Lows…

  • The children don’t understand, and my eldest has had a few moments of missing friends and school already. He’s been easily comforted…. For now. Check with us in a few weeks.
  • I’ve limited news and social media to the evenings, after the kiddos go to bed. The 9:00 news hits me like a ton of bricks every night. We’re all worried about those we love near and far, about the sick, about those who fall into the vulnerable categories.
  • On a lighter note one of my three year olds is increasingly refusing to wear pants, pleading for swimwear. πŸ™ˆ Leaving the house is an uphill battle. I never imagined a star chart for “wearing pants.”
  • My son needs a haircut badly. I clip my dog regularly, surely a child can’t be that difficult? (right now anyone who knows me is visualizing the many messy shears poor Max has endured).


Be well my friends. Keep up social distancing, but please stay in touch. We don’t need to be physically together to interact. Tell us, what were your Highs and Lows this week? We’re all in this together. Stay safe, stay well, stay in touch.

Published by L Higgins

Never a dull moment! I was born and raised in America before meeting my Irish husband and eventually making the move to Galway in 2006. We were never known to take it easy, but life is now busier than ever with a six year old son and two year old twin girls. As a Montessori Teacher and Mom, my days (and nights) are filled with the sounds of childhood play and laughter... and of course the occasional tears. In many ways living in Ireland is very similar to life in America, and yet in others they are worlds apart. But in our house, all cuddled up on the couch at the end of a busy day, we are our own little clan of 5. I wouldn't change it for the world!

2 thoughts on “In One Week…

  1. Great work Lindsey β™₯️
    It’s not easy all of this…. we’re all doing the best we can in such a strange and terrifying situation. Sending virtual hugs x

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