We are an average family living in the midlands of United Kingdom. Our dining table discussions have hardly tasted any spice other than the school politics but this week things have been very different.
Even BBC News has run out of metaphors to explain the 2020 elections in the USA. The whole world seems to be talking about these elections from media headlines to kids discussions every news involves Trump and Joe Biden.
I was speechless when my daughter explained how silly it was that President Trump said he was ready to go to the courts only if he lost, does that mean everything would be fair only if he won? …
Yesterday when I was struggling to debug a code and also trying to convince my kid to finish his homework, it suddenly dawned upon me that there are some indisputable similarities between our kids and the programs we make.
1. You train your programs in a certain way but just like your children your programs end up doing what they want to do.
2. Both keep you up at night and even rule your dreams.
3. The longer the program code, it becomes more difficult to handle just like teenage children and their outbursts.
4. Inheritance is a major trait of their characters. …
The year 2020 has given us a wakeup call starting from Taal Volcano Eruption, Australia’s deadly bushfires, floods in Dubai, and Indonesia to the coronavirus pandemic enveloping the whole world.
We have seen record deaths and disasters this year, but then there is always hope when you care to look for it.
“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” — Doe Zantamata
In the face of a global pandemic, we stood together more than ever. Empathy was the highlight of our communities like never before. We sheltered our weak and vulnerable. We virtually got in touch with our families and friends more often, looking out for each other. …
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The idea of perfect happiness for me is an ongoing experience, when I was little I remember myself spinning in the garden of my house feeling blessed to have such loving family and friends. I was fortunate enough to recognize my blessing even though I consider my self as a spoilt little child.
I was loved and cared for and I knew it. I found happiness under the caring shadow of my mother and I continue to find it with my husband and children. I have lost my mother but I haven't lost the happiness that is how perfect it is.
Finally tomorrow Friday the 23rd marks the start of term holidays for my kids here in England. Never in my life have I been so eagerly waiting for half term. No, we are not going to Disney Land nor have I planned any other vacation for my kids but yes we are all looking forward to these vacations, to get some peace of mind and to get a break from daily anxiety.
Schools started here in September and since then the school has informed us about at least 7 different corona cases within the school. …
I always idealized mothers working from home. To my understanding they had the most comfortable job, no hectic commute, no daily formal attire selection and above all being with your kids 24/7.
In 2020 the pandemic took over the globe and changed the whole outlook of this world ,one thing that seemed to be in my favour was the chance to work from home. Six months into this ordeal, I have to admit it is not as luxurious as I perceived it to be.
It didn’t take me much time to realize that working from home meant a lot of multitasking especially when kids were off from school. I had to read their scribbled notes while attending the departmental meetings just to find out something silly and then hear them laugh about it in the background. …
It has been a while since I’ve said a word
Long lost are the moments when I truly felt heard
Besieged by throngs each chanting their own slogan
It seems in vain to even raise a voice
Inside of my head has never seen worst times
The complexities I never knew existed
There is a crowd deep within and a mob elsewhere
Yet the seclusion I encounter is excruciating
©️ Sumera Rizwan October 2020.
Thank you for reading.
For those who want to read more, I will share my two favourite poems written on similar topics and distributed by Medium in Poetry.
Around a decade ago I completed my degree, got married, and started my life at a wholly new place. Back then I chose to be a stay-at-home mom and look after my new-born.
As time passed I started getting bored of just staying at home all the time. I started being self-conscious of wasting my degree and knowledge, thus I began seeking opportunities to explore my horizons and put my degree to some use.
It was my daughter's school admission day. The headteacher was a very friendly lady. After the initial introduction of my child she asked me about my profession I told her I was a housewife, but like always I also revealed my academic accomplishments in the conversation. …
At the start of this month, I joined the legendry team of editors at Illumination and Illumination-Curated. After taking up this honorable position I got a special pass into the editorial room.
Since I have been a part of illumination for at least five months now, I knew most of the people here. I always thought of them as good humans offering to help each other but what I saw in the editorial room has had me mesmerized for weeks.
I have just started some new ventures at work which have kept me very busy. I have had no time to write for the past week but every now and then I take a peek into the editorial room out of sheer curiosity. …
At the beginning of September, schools started to open here in the United Kingdom as the number of cases reduced and the government perceived it to be safe for kids to return to school. Anxious parents gathered the courage to send their kids back to school, it was deemed compulsory by the UK government.
I am an immunocompromised person and sending my kids out into the world again was particularly difficult. Even for the kids going back after 5 months of pandemic shutdown involved a lot of fear and anxiety.
Today two weeks after the initial reopening of schools I was finally thinking maybe the worst is over. Kids were back in some sort of routine, they were following the required precautions and almost getting used to the new normal. …