Lockdown Diary: ‘Love in the Time of Corona’ by Nate Punzalan
Love in the time of corona — Whether you’re into numerology, or believe in the symbolisms and superstitions, 2020 was the year everyone expected for greatness and new beginnings. This was also the year that my then-fiancée, now wife, decided to finally tie the knot after a grueling and lengthy courtship process. We had never traveled outside the country on our own before, and road trips always required a chaperone of some sort. So when we tied the knot last January, we were quite enraptured by the idea of 2020 being our year of adventure. The culmination of an arduous and prolonged battle to be together was finally here.
But life seemed to have its own trajectory, and a plotline emerged which had repercussions in many worlds besides our own. Our little “2020 adventure” bubble had popped as we found ourselves stuck at home. We were “chained by a monster we couldn’t see”, if you want to be dramatic about it. But that’s how it felt. And although it is for good reason we stayed home, we could not help but feel that the dreams of adventuring hand in hand through different worlds had diminished to bi-weekly trips to the grocery.
After feeling our way through the quarantine, we decided that our adventure could start here and now. We can start by building a new thing together! What better way to commemorate newness? On the future trips we’ll take, we’ll probably take a few magnets or pressed flowers as means of remembrance of our time there. But in the meantime, our kitchen has become the monument of the beginning of our adventure of working hand in hand (quite literally).
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