Lockdown, LOCKDOWN! A scary, somewhat terrifying thought, I felt unsteady emotionally at the announcement that we were to stay at home for an indefinite period of time and to take it very seriously. However, I soon realised the blessing that this has meant for me, personally. I was at home in the place that I love being in, my safe spot, my haven. I could spend time doing things I usually put off, I could work in the garden, I got to spend special times with my older son, Pete, who had come to stay with us from Johannesburg for Lockdown. In short, I thanked God for this time of peace and tranquility in the midst of all the doubt and tension around me. Then the end of the holiday period arrived, and I began frantically to prepare for the start-up of the new term in a much different way, distance learning via emails to parents, videos and WhatsApp chats. To say that I got myself in a spin would be an understatement. I doubted myself hugely, was convinced I couldn’t do it, was sure the Grade R parents might not feel their children’s learning needs would be met. And yet I started the term, along with all the other Prep teachers, and with the Lord’s help through daily prayer and petition to help me, I began to get into the routine and swing of doing things differently. There is still a special connection between myself and the Grade R children, and we enjoy sending each other videos, photos and chatting now and then about our activities through the week. However, the connection is keener, because we miss each other and realise the value of our relationship through not seeing each other. Each video or message that comes to our phones to or from one another is a moment of excitement and connection. This Lockdown has brought with it many blessings, including personal growth, for which I will be eternally thankful.
Mrs Linda Reynolds (Grade R Teacher)