As her little boy celebrates his first birthday, a Melbourne mother has described the daunting reality of living in lockdown.
The open letter from Michelle Daga has resonated with parents around the country raising little ones under a storm of restrictions on COVID-19.
Under the Stage 4 lockdown of Melbourne-the most restrictive in the country-people are only permitted to leave the house for four reasons and must not drive more than 5 km from their homes.
Even there’s a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am.
Daga ‘s son, who turned one last week, has spent half his life in the family’s apartment building under some sort of coronavirus restrictions.
“Isolated at home with mum and dad, for six months now, and counting,” she wrote.
“He’s never played with another child, patted a dog or had a chance to dig in the dirt.
“He’s yet to meet most of his family, visit a shopping centre or spend a day in a playground.
“The only other faces he sees are hidden behind masks.”
The 32 year old mum acknowledges while her situation is not unique, the reality faced by the family of three is no less challenging.
“He has no idea food grows on trees or sprouts from the earth, just that it arrives in bags and boxes, left by a man in a mask at the front door.
“There is nothing normal about living half your life in quarantine. There is nothing normal about parenting in a pandemic.
“And although I’m well aware things could be worse, this is far from easy.
“Millions of others are sharing this strange new reality with us every day.
“And I’m here to remind you you’re not alone.”