Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #8

Today marked the end of our 14 day self isolation. Adam and I ‘celebrated’ by going for a 5K run along the towpath out of the village towards the Broadwater reservoir and back. We met about a dozen people but made sure to adhere to social distancing guidelines. It was great to get out into the fresh air again and feel part of the human race. I’ll go for a solo run tomorrow and hopefully increase my distance to 10K.

Fionnuala and Rebecca are going to go for a short walk after dinner. Hannah is refusing to leave the house until all this is over. I woke this morning, not knowing the date. I’m struggling to tell what day it as well, every day feels like Sunday, like at Christmas time. In fact, the pandemic is a bizarre, surreal extended holiday where all that’s missing is the tree in the corner of the room. I have threatened to get the decorations down again out of the attic.

Oblivious to the fact it was April Fools Day, Hannah pranked me this morning. I went into her bedroom to be greeted by my daughter promptly bursting into tears. It took me several minutes to calm her down and establish they were tears of joy as her idol, Shawn Mendes, had liked one of her tweets. She said she would send me a screenshot of the tweet but when I looked at my phone all I could see was an April Fools message. Doh! I thought it was still March.

She’s quite the actress, our Hannah, and can turn on the waterworks like twisting a tap. I think this is the third year running she has caught me out, although I am incredibly gullible. That said, it was welcome laughter on a day when the death figures continued to rise within Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole. Thank you for sharing your own experiences on the blog. Keep them coming please. Stay safe and stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

32 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #8

  1. Awesome that your daughter is keeping her sense of humor! Thanks for sharing.

    I forget that this is a worldwide event. So I’m not even thinking that Northern Ireland is also social distancing…crazy times.


  2. Great post today thanks! My main Christmas has been packed away for months but I have many decorative trees around the house that I light up usually on Sunday when my family comes for dinner. Alas, we will sit these next few out, maybe do a zoom toast but I will light my trees as usual. In Kentucky we’re asked to light a green bulb in memory of those suffering and the departed; I have a Christmas strand draped in my front window along with the lit up Easter eggs. Also baking too many comforting carby items lol. Stay healthy, body and mind – just enjoyed a half hour of gentle yoga.


  3. Well done, Hannah! I’m impressed!

    My husband and I have been taking short walks in our neighbourhood nearly daily, but today he was required to be physically present at his job and I myself had to drive down to the church to get some resources for the continuation of our online Sunday services. Even though no one was in the building, it was surprisingly nerve-wracking to go in there and have to rifle through cupboards, etc. I came home feeling as if my throat were sore, but I suspect in this case it may have been psychosomatic…


      1. Thank you! I am not entirely well, but it is not entirely clear what I have; as I haven’t got either a fever or much of a cough, there is so far no chance of my going for a COVID test. I hope it stays mild for full recovery, but I also sort of hope this is the real thing, because I’d be grateful for the immunity so I can get out and about and assist others eventually. Thank you for your good thoughts. Praying health and protection for you as well.


  4. Thank you for posting this I’d forgotten it was April Fools day today. I’m still battling with Homeless services but nothing new there.

    It’s always a pleasure to read a bit of normal life especalliy in these times.


  5. Glad to hear you are finding time for a little humor in your day. It certainly helps brighten spirits. Although I don’t think any prank could quite equal the cruel prank of this virus. Stay safe!


  6. I used to enjoy playing silly pranks on the 1st of April. I just don’t have the heart this year. I am so glad the youngsters can still enjoy a prank though. I enjoy reading what people around the world are doing to deal with quarantines and self isolation. We are continuing to self isolate (hubby’s health is such we have to). But I do have to go out for grub and meds and such. I do take a short walk out the back when weather permits, but the past couple of days have been windy, very cold, and snowing. I am so looking forward to spring! Enjoy your walks and your runs. Stay safe!


  7. Glad to hear Hannah punked you Stephen! I agree with her sentiments, I’d love to hunker down until this is over if I could.
    Nice that you finally got to take a run!


  8. Love it that Hannah got one over on you amidst all the uncertainty. April 1 was just another day in this unusual season for me. Glad that you and Adam were able to share a run.


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