Sometime during the Covid-19 quarantine, I saw this t-shirt and just had to have it. This is exactly what I expected I would do during a quarantine. What could be better for an introvert like me than an excuse to stay at home and read books??? And I tried. I really did. And I certainly had the time. There was a period of about 8 weeks when I barely left the house. Simply sitting outside for awhile during the day was a big deal, it seemed.
Our church has a song our children sing that goes, "Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green? Do you fish in a stream, or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by? [Chorus] Is that what you do? So do I!" (I can't find a vocal version, but here is a piano version for your listening pleasure.). Throughout this quarantine, this song has been running through my head, with the words changed rather slightly. My version goes like this, "Oh, What Do You Do in the Quarantine, When All the World is Closed? Do you cover your face, and stare into space, and wish you could socialize? Is that what you do? So do I." Sorry. Sometimes I just have to get these things out of my head.
I am an avid reader. I read all the time. During the first 10 weeks of 2020, I read 22 books. (I keep track of my reading on Instagram.). During the quarantine, you would have thought I would have read at least a book a day. Certainly several each week. But no.
Since the quarantine started, I have only "read" 4 books, and 3 of those were audio books. All but one were long-time favorites. I must have started a dozen or more books, read the first chapter, or maybe two, and put it aside. It seemed that nothing could hold my interest, which is very unusual. A response to the world situation? Probably. I've heard that others are having this issue too, which makes me feel somewhat better.
I didn't binge on Netflix either. I watched all the Harry Potter movies early on. They were on my list for Spring Break before there was a quarantine. I watched The Fellowship of the Ring (but not the others in the series,) the Patty Duke version of The Miracle Worker (I really have no idea why,) and the Disney version of A Wrinkle in Time. It was this movie that got me listening to audio books at least. I hated it. I was so mad that they had changed the story so much from the book, that I just had to see if I remembered the story correctly. I did.
I had planned to teach A Wrinkle in Time this quarter, but of course that didn't happen. I hadn't seen the Disney version of the movie before. When I teach a book that has a movie, I like to have students discuss what was different. Some differences are caused simply by time - every page in the book is a minute on the screen, they say, and most audiences today aren't going to sit through a 4-6 hour movie. Those days are gone. But Disney's A Wrinkle in Time is an example of filmmakers who changed some very important things about the story. For example, the characterizations of the witches are all different than L'Engel wrote them. The writers made some startling changes for this all-star cast. And, they left out my favorite part of the book - the part with Aunt Beast. This is the focal point of the story because it's where Megan realizes she has to go back and get Charles. But they changed all that, and it just didn't work for me. It might have been an interesting discussion with the kids though, so I probably would have shown the movie anyway. Still, I was disappointed.
But I think I'm mentally focused enough to read now. I've got a backlog of good books that I intend to read this summer. Stay tuned.
What I actually did during the quarantine, of course, was work from home and sew, which have already been documented here. How did you spend the time during the quarantine?