Unlocking Happiness in Times of Lockdown

Unlocking Happiness in Times of Lockdown

Dinner is done and the children and Husband have withdrawn to the relative cool of the bedroom. I’m done too as I put away the leftovers and wipe down the kitchen platform.

I glance at the dirty dishes piled up in the sink. We went a little overboard with the cooking tonight, I muse. Dinner was definitely worth it but it resulted in loads of washing up. Even though everyone has done their own dishes, the sink is full.

Washing up after the night’s cooking is the Husband’s responsibility. He’s the first one to wake up each morning and handles the twin tasks of washing and disinfecting the kitchen and dining area.

I know he hates it but I’ve been resolutely turning a blind eye and deaf ear to his deep sighs. These are Covid times and like it or not, everyone needs to pitch in. I’ve become good at assigning chores and am quite enjoying my newly-discovered despotic streak.

Most days the Husband tries to clear the sink at night so he can have a peaceful morning. But tonight, spent from the constant work calls, he’s let it be.

On a whim, I decide to surprise him, even at the risk of exposing a chink in my despot’s armour. I take up the scrubber and begin to do the dishes.

H saunters by for a glass of water. Glances at my soapy hands and the pile before me and walks off. He reappears with a set of headphones, fixes them on my head, tunes them to my playlist on the mac and walks away again.

Vishal Dadlani comes on with the cheerful Kudi nu nachne de (my current favourite) and the chore suddenly seems a chore no more.

Lockdown memories aren’t going to be all bad after all. Do you have a happy #sliceoflife to share too? Tell me about it.

Leaving you with this track that continues to make me smile.

8 Replies to “Unlocking Happiness in Times of Lockdown”

  1. Reading this bought a smile to my face, because we have pretty much the same chore division at our place, except my hubby cleans up at night, because I am the first to wake up.

    And I love this song too!

  2. Awwww, such a sweet story from your lockdown deck. 🙂

    I guess these little gestures are what makes the lockdown so special.
    I have quite a few if I were to wrap my head around it.

    Waiting for you to write more on this blog, Tulika. 🙂 I can imagine it might be busy at your end. But will wait patiently.

  3. what a lovely one! Many memories of this lockdown that I can count. I must say that I am like you letting people (read VT) hold their share of work. Through the time,I did not have helps at home – I was cooking and VT was cleaning. The best would be when he would say ‘Parul, how can you use so many utensils when you cook?’ And I would giggle (in my heart;))

  4. I think we can find the good in most situations, if we look hard enough. We, as a family, had lots of trips planned with my parents over the summer. All of which stand cancelled now. But we instead decided to build out a deck behind the house. Since we all will be spending a lot of time indoors. And with the deck, we can still be out while being in. It’s under construction now. But it’s what we are all looking forward to. Our little slice of hope / happiness during lockdown. 🙂
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    1. Oh how wonderful Shantala. Being outdoors is such a luxury. It’s so hot here that we’re barely stepping out. I look forward to our weekly trip to the grocer :-).

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