A dinner at Phillip Li’s household usually consists of his parents’ constant interrogation of his job and love life.
‘How is your job? What does your manager say about you?’
‘Have you done your tax return yet? How much did you get?’
‘Why you have no girlfriend yet? Mum’s friend’s daughter got married last year.
The barrage of questions is normally insufferable as his parents work their way through a dry list of mundane questions.
But not today. Not these days.
The constant alarm and developments of the COVID19 virus has diverted the family attention away from Phillip’s shortcomings as a son and onto the current global pandemic at hand.
‘I heard Spain is very bad now, too’, offers Phillip’s mum.
‘Yes I heard’, nods Phillip’s dad in agreement, ‘They have shut all the borders’.
‘We have not even reached the peak of the crisis’, offers Phillip’s younger sister in contribution.
‘No good. I wonder how the hospitals will cope’, says Phillip’s mum worryingly.
The family continues in discussion for hours, and the energy of the family is at levels never reached before.
‘Phillip. Are you taking care of yourself?’ his dad turns to him and attentively asks.
‘Yes dad’, Phillip says, ‘Yes I am’.
Later that in the evening, Phillip opens his journal.
‘My dad asked me how I am today’, Phillip writes, wiping away tears from his eyes.
‘That was the first time he’s ever asked me how I was. Coronavirus COVID19 … Thank you’.