Women Who Quarantine - A project inspired by the amazing women warriors from around the world doing their part to fight this deadly pandemic.
Welcome to our first interview for "Women Who Quarantine" with Elizabeth Lawrence, better known as Lizzy to me! : )
Lizzy grew up in NH, though later met her husband and moved to Lucca, Italy. When I began hearing how badly the coronavirus was affecting her region I reached out to see how she was doing. It was her story, amongst several others, that really tugged at my heart to create this project. I hope these stories you are about to hear will bless you as much as they have for me and my family. <3
Location: Lucca, Italy
Profession: Photographer and Mother
How is your heart truly doing during this uncharted time?
Better! Now that we are somewhat in a rhythm and seeing numbers drop because of our country’s collective efforts in quarantine, everything seems to feel a little bit lighter. During the first few weeks (even now at times) it was hard not to focus on the numbers and the unknown. Learning that people seriously infected with Covid-19 are passing away alone, without family members and no proper funerals, is a very hard reality to digest.
What has been most challenging about being home?
For me the most challenging thing thus far was during the first few weeks leading up to lockdown. It was uncharted territory. We had limited information about what went on in China, while being the first European country to have experienced an epicenter of contagion. It was still a big joke to other European countries as well as America, though our numbers here in Italy were doubling everyday. Lockdown also happened very abruptly (everything was closed within four days) and with no real end in sight. After the first couple of days it was like the twilight zone getting on social media as I watched family and friends go on with their normal life in the states. They had no idea what was coming; and worse, it felt like they didn’t believe what was going on here as well. Those were the hardest days for me. I found it so difficult to be positive, as fearing the unknown was just inevitable.
What good have you seen come out of this pandemic?
While growing up in America I felt patriotism was always important. Italy, however, is different in this way, which I remember noticing when I first moved here. That said, this whole experience has really brought everyone together, even though we’re all separated. Social media of course has played a big role in that, as well as everyone trying to remain positive and support the medical staff through encouragement. It has all been really amazing to see.
Is there any advise you would give to other women, which you found helpful or wish you knew before entering quarantine?
This will probably seem superfluous, but while you can, stock up on crafts to keep in the house! Last week the decree was made that stores could only sell items for absolute necessity (including amazon prime). So at the grocery store they closed off the little aisle filled with toys and craft items. I wish I would’ve stocked up on some of those things because with a two year old, some of those reinforcements would have been awesome for the short attention span I’m dealing with!
Is there something special you are doing to take care of yourself during this time?
My husband is away for work a good part of the year; so in a way, this feels like a mini vacation for us at home. We’re so thankful for our health, as we enjoy this unexpected time together working on our old home, which is currently under reconstruction.
Elizabeth’s Italian Boiled- Salmon Recipe:
This is a staple for us as it is quick and easy to put together!
2-4 Salmon filets - depending on your family, even salmon filets right from the freezer if you’re in a rush!
1-2 Celery stocks
Salt and pepper to taste
(This traditional Italian meal is often served with a side of Lemon Rice and a glass of Prosecco!)
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Sending you lots of love and joy,