Creativity in the Midst of Corona

Thanks to my neighbors, I only have good memories from the difficult days of the coronavirus lockdown

| Topics: Coronavirus
Photo: Esti Eliraz

The coronavirus crisis that suddenly hit us at the end of February is not over yet. We are all in the same boat worldwide, and here in Israel we are trying to make the best of the situation.

I would like to tell you about a personal experience from the time of the full lockdown in March and April. It was one of the most difficult periods I’ve experienced in Israel, and I sincerely hope we won’t have to repeat it.

I have two wonderful neighbors, Avi and Adina. Avi worked for a long time as a bus driver and retired a year ago. His dear wife had a high position at a bank and is now also retired.


Avi has golden hands, he creates beautiful things out of glass: sculptures, flowers and vases in a variety of bright colors.

His wife Adina is also very talented and versatile. She has taken responsibility for the garden. There she cares for dozens of potted plants and beautiful flowers, a feast for the eyes.

Since they are older, and therefore at higher risk, Avi and Adina did not leave their home during the quarantine period, nor did they receive any guests at home for fear of becoming infected. But they used their time to create many works of art made of glass and wood, as well as tending their huge and lovey garden.

Day after day I went to the garden–wearing a mask, of course–and sat between the trees with a cup of coffee to distract myself a little during this difficult period. It was healing for my soul.

I also encourage you, dear readers, to make the best of this challenging time and to use it for things for which you have never otherwise found the time.


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