“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” ~ Audre Lorde
This is my second response to GC and my Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge Celebration.
Chinese New Year 25th January – Normally this is an important celebratory occasion for my Chinese family. This year, even though (at the time) there were no reported cases of the Coronavirus in Britain, the family made the decision to stay at home and celebrate low key with my son-in-law’s family.
Daughter Louisa explained that because of the high numbers of Chinese families that had already travelled here to the U.K. to visit relatives, and with her inlaws already in poor health, they were reluctant to celebrate with others from the Chinese community.
The youngest two, Scarlett and Lily-Jane dressed appropriately for the occasion. At school, Scarlett gave fortune cookies and red envelopes containing chocolate coins to the children in her class.
Days later, just 30 miles away in a hotel in York, the first two victims in the U.K. (Chinese mother and son) were diagnosed with the virus. I think my family made a sensible choice not to mix with others in the community.
Shortly afterwards, Louisa and family travelled to Dubai for a pre-booked holiday (vacation).
Next weekend, daughter Victoria has planned another family lunch, I suggested we put Louisa and family in quarantine and postpone our family celebrations until they had been home from Dubai for fourteen days. After all history tells us how easily viruses are spread. Everyone assumed I was joking, and the hilarious comments between the family on our group chat were not slow in coming.
Joking aside, Louisa tells us that wherever they went during their holiday, people appeared uneasy to be near them, and her Chinese husband and children were stared at far more than is usual, no longer were they evanescent.
Meanwhile, my friend’s daughter, who works at a prestigious international boarding school in the south of England tells of phone calls from several parents asking for the Chinese students to be removed from the school! Obviously, the request was refused, and apparently, the head was very tempted to add “But do feel free to remove your own!”
In the U.K. as of 16 February, a total of 3,109 people have been tested, of which 3,100 were confirmed negative and 9 positive.
“Coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.” ~ http://www.gov.uk
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Weekend Challenge ‘Celebration’ from Weekly Prompts. Fandango’s One word challenge History and Ragtag community’s evanescent