In quarantine with Benedicte Burguet
Where in the world are you?
I am in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world during spring time.
Are you currently on lockdown?
Yes. Since March 15th.
Are you alone, or with others?
I am with my husband and my 3-month-old daughter.
How are you keeping yourself busy/occupied?
I have a baby who requires a lot of attention. I also take care of my husband and home like a real housewife. I think I am enjoying it right now because it is not like this normally. Since the lockdown, I work from home and reinvent a way to communicate. I would love to read tonnes of books but with a baby and a lot of projects it is not easy to find time for me…
What are you finding the easiest/most difficult aspects of social distancing, lockdown?
I miss my family and friends. I miss walking around Paris. This is the most difficult for me with the waiting. We don’t know what the world will be at the end of the lockdown. For the moment I am living in a bubble waiting for the explosion.
The easiest thing is the maternity leave I have in extra.
Do you have any positive thoughts on what’s happening?
It is horrible to say but the message the hearth is sending to us is as violent as what we did to « her » We get what we deserve, and I a way I am glad the lessons we are learning from that. It is always a good thing to live and learn.
What new things are you learning during this time?
I am experiencing the « nothing ends » feeling. It is a feeling our grandparents knew. I am learning to be « flexible » in my beliefs, and adaptable to the circumstances of life.
In your opinion - how will this period change our lives in the future?
It will force us to be less capricious and humbler (as a species)
Are you planning on making any life changes when the virus eventually disappears? A new career-path, focus, or hobby?
I must raise a child so I am planning to survive no matter the cost or the energy I will have to find in myself. I do not know what will be my future but I will do my best to make the daily life the more joyful and peace possible for her.
What can we do to help those suffering the most?
It depends of the pain… losing a loved one : hug them. Losing material things : donate what we can time and things (food, clothes, paper, books…)
What could be a new mantra to emerge from this with?
The Fables of Jean de La Fontaine. full of lessons
The whistling of birds in the garden in front of my home
The Good Place | Netflix
Home-made food. it is the perfect time to cook
Château Chasse Spleen (literally chase away the spleen and also a very good red wine)
Exotic recipes. Travel through your plate.
Thinking of how to reinvent ourselves.
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