A challenge: naming the storm

It’s the 26th of March 2020. New Zealand is in Day 1 of Alert Level 4 for Covid-19. It’s a national lockdown. On the positive side of things, over the last few days my family and I have never seen so many people out walking, never connected with so many neighbours, never seen so many teddy bears in the windows of houses. It ain’t all bad! Still, last night when I popped out for a couple of last minute messages, it felt like a very weird version of Christmas eve… and even a week ago, life in Dunedin felt strangle eerie, as we seemed collectively to wonder, “Is this the calm before the storm? Or is this the storm?”

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