The Lonely Easter

It’s already July but I have some articles unfinished. That one was waiting for me probably for too long. People from my organization can say that I’m always late with many things because everything „is just a draft” for me. And I can admit they are right. The process in my mind from an idea to reality usually takes a lot of time. But it’s ok, maybe I will change that shortly. Or not… Let’s see.

Easter was so long time ago but I want to mention that time. Every Christmas and Easter I spend with my family. I skipped only one Christmas a few years ago when I was in Cyprus for one semester doing my Erasmus there. But that time I wasn’t alone. On Christmas Eve I was surrounded by people, maybe 30 or 40. However, last Easter was different. Only me, food which I made and meetings on Skype with family, friends, and my boyfriend. In March I thought that someone from my family can come and spend Easter with me. Or I could see Easter time in Madeira in depth. But the coronavirus came… and many things started to be more complicated.

Eu estava sozinha – I was lonely. And I hadn’t known how long that weird time when everybody has to stay at home will last. Anyway, I’m so glad that the Internet exists and I could feel a little bit of magic of Polish Easter.

On Sunday Easter I made a traditional breakfast with the main dish which was the soup – żurek. And I was so proud of myself because it was my first żurek in my life. Lockdown showed me some things about which I had no idea before. Cooking was one of them.

On Monday Easter in Poland usually, we splash people with water for their luck 🙂 and fun. This year I didn’t have anybody to pour water on… So I just splashed water on me.

In conclusion, I would say that now I’m more aware of small things, simple but special moments. I appreciate that I have lovely family and friends in Madeira, in Poland, in other places in the world. I would like to be more present especially when I spend time with amazing people. The lockdown and lonely Easter helped me to figure it out. And what did you learn during that time?

* If you would like to know more about the tradition of Easter in Poland you might read my colleague’s article.

Stella Kołodziejczak
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Solidarity Corps  
To know more: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en


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