“347 Days/347 Dias”
After a hard loss of my mom’s mom (my grandma) Covid 19 gave me the opportunity to heal and share quality time with my mom. Después de la inesperada muerte de la mamá de mi mamá (mi abuelita), Covid 19 me dio la oportunidad de sanar y de compartir tiempo de calidad con mi mamá.
I have anxiety thinking about the Covid situation in Colombia…and the Covid situation here! It’s almost time for mom to get back home. I don’t want her to leave. I’m her safe place now. Tengo mucha ansiedad. Pienso en la situación del Covid en Colombia… Y en la situación del Covid aquí! Ya casi es hora de que mamá vuelva a su casa… No quiero que se vaya. Yo soy su lugar seguro en este momento!
COVID caught us all off guard, amid the ongoing challenges and heartbreaks of our ordinary lives. Among the challenges, many families unexpectedly found themselves sharing a home with a relative, which likely involved lots of confinement and time spent together.
- How did Ana respond to the situation?
- How do you think other families, maybe your own, reacted to so much time together?
- What things may have influenced family interactions?
- How did the pandemic help Ana address her past relationship with her mother?
- What does it suggest about her relationship with her young son?
Toward the end of Ana’s story she says, “Thanks to the universe, thanks to COVID for giving us this time together . . . .”
- What new understanding do you think Ana gained from the experience?
For some people, the pandemic brought out the best in them; for others, it brought out NOT the best! One word to describe Ana would be ‘grateful.’
- Think about the range of reactions people have had during the pandemic—positive and negative.
- Create 2 lists of words that describe reactions, one positive and the other negative. Which ones do you think BEST characterize your own experience?