The Pandemic by Christian Tamunotonye Caroline

No one thought it will get this long; we had received the evacuation notice stating the severity of the situation and the urgency of our departure, we rolled our boxes from our hostels heading for our homes, we didn’t have the faintest idea what was happening, we all headed home with the hope of seeing ourselves soon, in few weeks or a month at most but it’s been four months and still counting and we still are at home, we attend no celebrations; birthdays, dedications, weddings, church, even burials were stopped; we wear nose masks on every occasion; move about with hand sanitizers the same way smokers move about with their lighters, we give social distancing like isolated ancient lepers, we can’t even cough or sneeze freely in public, we avoid public gatherings, we are subjected to series of lockdowns like domestic fowls that gets locked in at night and released by morning, life has never been the same, the rate of hardship is on the increase, savings has been exhausted and people without savings are now debtors without any visible means of redemption.

The pandemic forces us to stay indoors against our will for the sake of our safety, many lives has been lost and every day new cases are being recorded, many are beginning to forget what normal feels like as we are gradually adapting to the new normal. Everyone is forced to go digital as life itself has gone digital, schools are held online, church activities, businesses, delivery is the order of the day; order, pay and deliver is the code, laughter evolved me as I imagined my grandma delivering raw Garri, Rice and Beans, but that’s if she’s digitally exposed bringing me to my bone of contention, how do we survive with the digitalism brought by this pandemic? It is true that the children of this day and age are literally born into technology, their life are practically soaked into it making it very easy for them to adapt to the changes of the society, a little saying goes “give a child of this age a smart phone, data bundle and network and you have him working” but that’s for the new generation, what about people born before the millennial age, people like my dad, mum and grandma, I know for a fact that my dad still doesn’t have an ATM card, he confirms that he trusts himself fully to always go inside the bank to withdraw his money, for someone like this, you would agree that it has been very hard adapting to the new society brought by the pandemic, the ‘digital society; we only follow the trend with the hope that life can only get better, we are left with no options, I do my best to coach my parents but what about the less privileged ones, what’s their faith?  But do you know of what pandemic I speak about? covid19.

Christian Tamunotonye Caroline

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