For many weeks now, everyone has been dealing with the emergency situation, including in Hungary. The country is united, people help each other as much as they can while trying to transform their own way of life, which usually means slowing down. We’re not rushing to the store after work, we aren’t taking public transportation, we’re not meeting family and friends – at least most of us. Ágnes, already well known for her series Coffee Break With a New Mom, tells us how they live their daily lives.

Anyone who knows me can tell that I’ve probably never been home for more than two weeks, and even that was only after childbirth. This time, however, it’s been many weeks without friends, going out, work, extended family, and just mucking about.

The coronavirus pandemic affects everyone to some degree. Unfortunately, there are some who get seriously ill or even die. But fortunately, there are those who recover or don’t catch it or don’t even notice it because they don’t show symptoms. However, it’s almost impossible not to hear or read anything about it. Luckily, we don’t have a TV, so most news don’t even reach us. We live in a village, and there are hardly any noticeable changes around. The couple people roaming about are still roaming about. The biggest change is that you can’t go the store whenever you fancy, and that the clerks wear masks and gloves.

The restrictions, however, are tougher to bear. It started with the cancellation of all our programs (baby swimming, mom and baby workout, clubs, babywearing dance classes, sewing course etc.). Shortly afterwards, playgrounds and the library were closed. And then the curfew came into effect. So, we’ve been at home for weeks now.

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Since we have a nine-month-old baby girl and and an 18-week-old jellybean in my belly, we’re trying to take the restrictions seriously. We still need to go to the store, of course, but my husband takes care of it. They could only arrange partial home office for him, so unfortunately he still needs to go around town. Meanwhile, we’re at home, trying not to go crazy. Since my baby girl has been used to being around people since she was six weeks old, being only with us is very strange and difficult for her. After two weeks, my brother and her family visited us, and my daughter, who’s always been open before, became very shy at once, and only stopped crying when I was around. This never happened before. I’m slightly worried about what will happen in the long run…

We’re still trying to make everyday life interesting. We play indoors and in the yard. We sing ditties, tell stories, watch slideshows, play with the dog and go for walks in the woods nearby.

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As a lecturer, I had to switch to online education, which involves a lot more work than personal education. The subject I teach is a practical one, so the things that I can check at a glance or that the students can correct for themselves, I need to check one by one. I do have the time because I’m at home all the time, bit still, it’s a lot of extra work.

Self time means sewing. I’m trying to learn how to make useful things. I’ve already made a bread bag, reusable napkins, textile bags, tablecloths and clothes for my daughter. I’m really enjoying it, and since we’re not going out that often, I can spare time for it.

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I miss personal contact very much. Even before the current situation I’ve felt that talking to others online or on the phone was impersonal, but now I truly realize how important it is to have eye contact while having a talk, to hug and kiss each other when meeting others, or to have a nice coffee together. I miss it. I hope that personal contact, this seemingly unimportant, but really significant thing, will soon be part of our daily lives again.

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