Ruta Tangiiau Mavé: School’s back for winter, laundry never stopped

Monday April 20, 2020 Published in Editorials

OPINION:Good news, school is going back today! Hooray, say the parents. Boo, say the kids.

 

It has been an enlightening time with the Code Yellow and having kids and parents home 24/7. Luckily for us in Cook Islands, we could go out and walk the dogs, go to the beach and go shopping, even hang out with friends if like me you have fewer than 10.

So not as bad here as in other places around the world. One thing for certain is the dogs are happy for the extra human company. The cats are like, ‘why are you here in my house so much?’

Businesses have shut completely, especially all the tourism-associated ones – that accounts for most of our local and imported workers’ livelihoods.

Good news is, lots of maintenance is being done so we will all be clean and spruced up by the time the borders are allowed to reopen. Fingers crossed.

Other companies around the world have closed from the loss of business as a result of Covid-19. A bra manufacturer has gone bust, a submarine company has gone under, a manufacturer of food blenders has gone into liquidation, a dog kennel has had to call in the retrievers and a company supplying paper for origami has folded. Interflora is pruning its business and Sunlight has gone down the drain.

In many ways it has to be said that many looking for the silver lining side of this dark cloud have tried to keep us all positive in our mindset, when all the world wants is a negative result from their Covid-19 test. It’s confusing.

Still, the internet has hundreds of videos and memes telling us all to look on the bright side of life. They expound the opportunities we can have to spend more time with the kids, create loving memories or dancing videos.

They say how we can learn a new language in 14 days, or take up crochet, knitting, write our best-selling novel …

And yet all the updates I get from my friends on Facebook are not how they have improved their minds, or set up a workout gym from home and lost 5kg; nope, all I get is invitations to go online and answer another questionnaire to see what sort of potato I am. (Mind-boggling!)

What I haven’t seen as much is the ones where they say you have to cut and paste and send on to 20 other fabulous women in the next 10 mins and then something amazing will happen.

I’m wondering if the other people in the world like me who didn’t pass on anything in 10 days, let alone 10 mins, are the reason there is a problem plague in the world? I hope not.

It has made me wonder more about little things, like why there are 2465 holes in the strainer; why one packet of spaghetti has 423 and the other the same size has 435; and whether, if I eat a chocolate cookie in the forest and no one sees me, will I still gain calories? Actually, the last one is easy, the answer is no.

What I do know is work was cancelled four weeks ago, my income was cancelled, school was cancelled, going to the movies was cancelled, Wednesday karaoke was cancelled, but do you know what wasn’t cancelled?

Laundry. Laundry wasn’t cancelled. It still exists – and another thing, dishes, they didn’t cancel either but they grew and grew like compound interest.

Except no one was interested in laundering them to make any money.

 

OPINION:Good news, school is going back today! Hooray, say the parents. Boo, say the kids.

It has been an enlightening time with the Code Yellow and having kids and parents home 24/7. Luckily for us in Cook Islands, we could go out and walk the dogs, go to the beach and go shopping, even hang out with friends if like me you have fewer than 10.

So not as bad here as in other places around the world. One thing for certain is the dogs are happy for the extra human company. The cats are like, ‘why are you here in my house so much?’

Businesses have shut completely, especially all the tourism-associated ones – that accounts for most of our local and imported workers’ livelihoods.

Good news is, lots of maintenance is being done so we will all be clean and spruced up by the time the borders are allowed to reopen. Fingers crossed.

Other companies around the world have closed from the loss of business as a result of Covid-19. A bra manufacturer has gone bust, a submarine company has gone under, a manufacturer of food blenders has gone into liquidation, a dog kennel has had to call in the retrievers and a company supplying paper for origami has folded. Interflora is pruning its business and Sunlight has gone down the drain.

In many ways it has to be said that many looking for the silver lining side of this dark cloud have tried to keep us all positive in our mindset, when all the world wants is a negative result from their Covid-19 test. It’s confusing.

Still, the internet has hundreds of videos and memes telling us all to look on the bright side of life. They expound the opportunities we can have to spend more time with the kids, create loving memories or dancing videos.

They say how we can learn a new language in 14 days, or take up crochet, knitting, write our best-selling novel …

And yet all the updates I get from my friends on Facebook are not how they have improved their minds, or set up a workout gym from home and lost 5kg; nope, all I get is invitations to go online and answer another questionnaire to see what sort of potato I am. (Mind-boggling!)

What I haven’t seen as much is the ones where they say you have to cut and paste and send on to 20 other fabulous women in the next 10 mins and then something amazing will happen.

I’m wondering if the other people in the world like me who didn’t pass on anything in 10 days, let alone 10 mins, are the reason there is a problem plague in the world? I hope not.

It has made me wonder more about little things, like why there are 2465 holes in the strainer; why one packet of spaghetti has 423 and the other the same size has 435; and whether, if I eat a chocolate cookie in the forest and no one sees me, will I still gain calories? Actually, the last one is easy, the answer is no.

What I do know is work was cancelled four weeks ago, my income was cancelled, school was cancelled, going to the movies was cancelled, Wednesday karaoke was cancelled, but do you know what wasn’t cancelled?

Laundry. Laundry wasn’t cancelled. It still exists – and another thing, dishes, they didn’t cancel either but they grew and grew like compound interest.

Except no one was interested in laundering them to make any money.

 

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