Lockdown in Paris: Day 54

Safe in my lockdown bubble. (Captured clapping for the healthcare workers by a friend during a Zoom chat.)

It’s Saturday, again. But this Saturday is different, because it’s the last one in lockdown. Starting Monday, France is beginning the first phase of “déconfinement.” It’s met with some apprehension since the virus is still very much with us, and we still have a pronounced shortage of masks in Paris. I don’t like feeling like the canary in a coal mine, testing to see if it’s safe to go ahead.

And what about the surprise boons of lockdown: the calm, the lower pollution levels, the sense of camaraderie we have now? Will those all evaporate as we reopen? The improved air quality alone has made my life better. I’ve been breathing easier, coughing less, and I didn’t get the annual bronchitis this year. In some ways, Paris is a more livable city now.

Sure, I have missed hanging with friends in cafés, picnicking on the river, but I’ve enjoyed the introspection and tranquility of this forced downtime. Or maybe I just like the lack of FOMO, being able to stay home without guilt. The simple routine of this simpler life. The sense of control lockdown gives over the unpredictable world.

Now we’re being told to step out of our safe zone into the unknown. It’s not life as it was; it’s something else, something new. There is no control over the unpredictability of our lives, no way to know what’s coming. But I guess that’s the way it’s always been.


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14 responses to “Lockdown in Paris: Day 54

  1. What will the perimeters be ?

    I suppose you are happy you aren’t in New York! Do you still live there part time ?

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  2. I’ve seen so many birds in my London garden, and I’m not even a bird watcher! The air is so clean and I’m sure my overall mood is better for not having FOMO (although to be fair to me, I was frequently missing out, that’s just how it is when you have a disabled child). Lifting the lockdown is still a long way off in London but like Paris, the virus is likely to still exist so it won’t mean that we will be free of the worry of medical emergencies. Still, I like to think about how I have gone from near panic mode to appreciating so many unexpected aspects of the lockdown. A good lesson for life I feel. I will be thinking of you Lisa when you venture out. I hope Parisians are mindful that there are many people with conditions which make them vulnerable. X

    • Thank you, Naomi. I’d like to say people are mindful but they aren’t as much as I’d like. Many older people poo-poo this whole thing. We shall see. This canary will let you know how it goes. 😉

  3. Thank you Lisa
    for your thoughts , research ,photographs
    Walks , visits at your friends dwellings
    History of your naighborhood , stories
    Mondays songs. Truly it has been so interesting and enjoyable. Are you planning to close this down as of Monday?
    Appreciate you work and fascinated by your
    Paris Life !!!

  4. This deconfinement reminds me of the movie Shawshank Redemption where they tackle the concept of “institutionnalisation”. Morgan Freedman has a great line where he says:”These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.
    It does kinda feel like getting out of jail. At least on the inside we can control things. But on the outside, well…. not so much…

    I’m hoping for the best outcome.

  5. Add my voice to those hoping you continue these blogs, even if on a limited basis. I have loved these glimpses into life, however constrained, in my favorite city (other than NY, of course).

    As for me, today being Sunday, Mothers’ Day, my daughter came over and we social distanced in Playa Backyardia, ate brunch. which she picked up and drank Aperol spritzes, which I made.

    It was so peaceful, sitting out there and watching the wildlife hovering over the flowers. I saw what I think was a beautiful monarch butterfly and a number of small colorful birds. Not today, but I have seen dragonflies, darting over the pool; their iridescence reflected in the water.

    Still not going out, even if the Gov says it’s safe. I’ll make my own decisions about that.

    • Happy Mother’s Day. Glad you hung in the Playa with the daughter. Me, too, staying safe inside but I did find masks this AM! Of course, I will keep blogging, at least a few times a week because Phase I of Déconfinement is upon us!


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