May 2, 2020

Lockdown Birthday

Lockdown Birthday
"You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, and as old as your despair."
- Samuel Ullman

I had my birthday in lockdown. It was interesting and pretty different to most of the birthdays I have had in my life. No presents to open, no parties or family or friends to celebrate with - just me and my little family. I wanted Indian food but to not cook and as we could not go out for a meal, or anything really, I bought ready meals. It rained so even a walk was out of the question on the day. We stayed indoors and watched a movie together instead.

My daughter wanted to bake me a cake, but the baking section in the supermarkets were bare. I could not get flour, baking powder, cocoa powder or even castor sugar. Fortunately I found eggs and managed to get the last ready cake mix on the shelf - red velvet, (not my favourite but any port in a storm)
We are currently in limbo, living in a Airbnb apartment, and generally airbnbs are not that well equipped, (something you don’t really think about when you so excited to find the last cake mix!) Without measuring jugs, mixing bowls, beaters, spatulas, baking paper or spray etc baking was a challenge. The cake mixture had to be mixed in a large metal pot! Still the cake got baked, the cream whipped by hand and with raspberry jam and fresh raspberries added, it was good. Things may be a bit out of sorts, but there is still a lot to be grateful for.

This is a new world. Things are different, but not necessarily bad. I was with my family, we are well and happy. I even got a Yoga mat from them. It was a day filled with digital video chats, WhatsApp messages and even Alexa sang happy birthday to me! A new way of living maybe, but that's ok - I felt loved. Here’s to the year ahead.

Photo by Danilo Batista on Unsplash