It’s difficult to scribble down what’s been going through my mind as of late.
It’s been 2 weeks; we have survived!
Yet, I find myself still reaching for the light.
Do I really see it – far off ahead?
Or is it just a reflection off the additional dead?
Dare I leave the house to keep my family fed?
Bodies are beginning to stand single file
As the supermarket clerks fill every aisle
Will this plague finish with a bang?
Or will we end in silent ashes
Blowing in the wind?
I’ve been wanting to write a post about the quarantaine and its déroulement in the south of France but I haven’t been able to find the time – nor the words.
I guess now is the right time. While my daughter innocently dreams the afternoon away, I’m left alone with social media and my wandering thoughts. I need to get them out.
It’s difficile to find the truth in all this média madness. All I want (all anyone wants, I imagine) is the TRUTH! The latest numbers (recorded 27 Mars 2020 at 2:00pm) from Santé Publique: In France, there are 32,964 registered cases (the key word: Registered) and 1,995 recorded deaths from COVID-19.
Added to the latest numbers this past week is a 16 year old teen. Let that empathy kick in: Imagine if it were your daughter. My daughter. Something I hadn’t really considered before as we had been “told” that COVID-19 doesn’t affect children too badly. Just one more raison not the leave the house.
There’s a lovely map app that the Santé Publique has created to keep the publique aware of the situation in France indicating the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 (and other illnesses – if you’re interested). Should I feel relieved that I’m not currently in Paris nor in Strasbourg (nor their surrounding areas, of course)? In my département, there are still over 500 cases… No one is invincible.
So, what can we do? What can I do? There’s so much to consider – especially when mon chéri still works (he works in hospice and in-home older adult care). The French government has cracked down on the government enforced quarantaine – and they have every right to do so.
Should you leave your premises, you must: Have an Attestation De Déplacement Dérogatoire and a proper I.D. If you’re out because you’re working, then you must also have an Attestation from your employer with your working hours on it. From my understanding, this does not need to be printed out because it can be shown from a smart phone or tablet. New additions to the rules: You are only allowed to spend a total of 1 hour per day out (does not including working) and sporting and grocery purposes must take place within 1 km of your residence.
Things to remember before leaving your premises with the Attestation de Déplacement:
- It must be printed out OR handwritten
- It must be date and time stamped (or handwritten)
- It must have the address from where you left
- It must be 100% filled in (including a check mark in the appropriate box explaining why you’re out and about)
It may seem strange to have to carry around a document explaining why you’re out, but there is a point to it: Maybe, you don’t really need to leave the house. It forces us to think twice before leaving. At least, in theory. I have only left the house twice since the lockdown started on March 17. Both times were for groceries. Mon chéri and I have decided that from now on, he will be the one to pickup the groceries since he’s already exposing himself by continuing to work outside the home.
The point of being in confinement is to distance ourselves from others. It can get quite lonely – even with a 4 year old running amuck. In this time of confinement, we need to remember that we are not alone. Be gentle to yourselves and stay safe.
How are you doing?♦