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quarantine diaries | volume X

There's nothing like a global, quarantine inducing pandemic to test your relationship. Everyone who's in a relationship and attempting to navigate this wild time not only for you but also for you and your partner knows what a struggle it has been. But for me, the struggle has been heightened, living through this experience in a brand new relationship, and I mean, brand new. As in, the day that quarantine was enforced was the day my relationship began. And obviously, still in the honeymoon stage, not bearing the thought of being apart, we decided we wanted to stay together through this crisis. Resulting in me bringing this stranger, also known as my new boyfriend, back to my house in the country to spend a whole month isolating with my family, and me aka meet the extreme family mode.

And my parents were great about it. They let him in with open arms, welcomed him into our little quarantine family without a fuss, cooked him dinner every night and made him feel at home. Thankfully, everyone got on wonderfully, bonded instantly through our games nights and intellectual discussion. There's even been a bit of meme exchanging going on between my boyfriend and my mum. (I don't know about you, but quarantine has lead to my mother discovering the modern-day art form, and she loves it.)

It sure has been the weirdest and most intense start to a relationship I've ever experienced, and probably ever will. It's thrown us right at the deep end from day one, forcing us to really (and I cannot emphasize enough) get to know every aspect of one another, how we think, how we feel, how we love. It's only been five weeks, but it feels like we've been together for years and I already can't imagine my life without him in it (I know, sorry). We've been through and got through, this crazy time. If that doesn't prove something about our relationship, then I don't know what will. From what I'm seeing, we are not the only ones. Somehow, this dickhead virus has surprisingly brought so many people together and has genuinely gotten them to appreciate their wonderful significant others. And so, despite everything, I guess I can say thanks COVID-19, thanks for bringing us all together.

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