What now, as our enthusiasm for iso-hobbies wanes?



Because really, what’s the point? I get that the introverts are loving it. But for some, none of the DIY antics come close to going out and being sociable. Watching a play or a film and having a communal laugh with 400 others. Parties, barbies and bands, we miss them so. As a COVID spike begins to needle us, we know we need to get back into isolation – but let’s admit it’s hard to find that joy in the comforts of home all over again.

In a brief honeymoon period, we’d crept out to go shopping but that became a torrent of bored fellow citizens surging through supermarkets and mega-malls, desperate for stimulation – and social distancing became a relative concept depending on how close you got to the barista or dumpling purveyor. We rediscovered our social conscience and went protesting but that didn’t please everyone, despite seeing as many face masks and hand sanitisers as banners.

Your “good” clothes will probably never be worn again. High heels, jewellery, suits and ties are gathering dust. Ditto your self-respect – except for the hearty types who dig out the frocks and bling for cheery cocktail parties on Zoom, looking fabulous from the waist up and trying hard to come up with banter that’s not about COVID-19.

So what can we aspire to if a second wave rolls over us? One more time with feeling, everyone. We can do this if we go online long enough to search for every possible thing we can buy. Learn the oboe, perhaps, and make it more cool than the uke. Or return to more ye olde ways. Churn butter? Build a real darkroom? Now that would blow the modern child’s mind. Film! Chemicals! OMG!

Finally as each long, long day draws to a close, drift off to sleep dreaming of the magical day when brilliant scientists awaken the world with a vaccine. Then we can all switch off Zoom, put our pants on, stand up with pride and wander out into a fresh new world.

Sonia Harford is a Melbourne writer.