Day 1

I can’t believe I get to stay here for the next two weeks. No work, no stress; I can’t wait!

Day 10

A few months… I can do a few months. I have lots of things to keep me occupied. 

Day 24

I finished my two-week workout. I think I actually lost some weight. 

And are those abs?

Wow.

Day 32

I’m thinking pizza for dinner.

Day 35

I found a chip in my bathroom wall.

Day 44

I can’t stop thinking about the chip. 

Day 46

I’m going to fix the wall.

Day 47

The wall is not a wall anymore. 

Day 48 

Well it’s not like anyone is going to see it. 

Day 50

I think it’s been four hours since I sat on this chair. 

What was I supposed to be doing again?

Day 55

People are partying. Why are people partying? 

Day 56

Maybe I should throw a party.

Day 57

It’s Sam’s birthday in a few days.

Day 58

I’ll only invite a couple of people, 10 at most.

Day 59

Only ten people. No big deal. 

Day 61

We did it. We had a party. Feeling a bit rebellious. 

Day 70

Sam called. He tested positive.

Day 73

I feel a little blue today.

Day 74 

Oh no.

Day 75

Two weeks at home. 

I can do two weeks. 

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
2 years ago

What a great story! I started to say what a fun story, but how much fun is this extended “two weeks” for all of us? What day are we on now? Something over 200 days in our part of the world. Sigh. Your story captures what we all feel, especially the part where the writer’s bathroom wall “is not a wall anymore”. That part made me laugh out loud. Good job – keep writing!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hello Salwa, I love the way in which you have shown how the mind works under stress, the funny and often strange ways we will find to justify our reasoning. I liked the way you used the days to show this, and the twist in the (tail) tale, to show that in the end short cuts can never be an answer to a real life problem. Carry on being unique- Eric.

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

Well crafted story. Whatever the rules are from country to country the situation is the same – jobs and projects that we thought we would do in that first 2 weeks still hanging on, groups of 10, 6, 1, and back to square one.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

I love the way how your mind works on these very stressful days. Like Fuji, it seems so funny to me at first. Having fun and partying is important for it is part of our social life. But suddenly, all turns blue when the COVID 19 hits us, and get some of our friends tested positive and being isolated or quarantined for two weeks is boring and lonely. But we can do nothing but abide by the rules.

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