Liebe (Teil 3) von Lilith

Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 4:56PM

Lilith to ZE:


I’m curious though … the lockdown is only temporary. There’s Internet connectivity still, people can still chat with their loved ones. They’re not in solitary confinement. Why are people having such a hard time?




Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 5:13PM

ZE to Lilith:


Hanging together 24/7 with the whole family can be a hard time.




Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 5:14PM

Lilith to ZE:


But y’all have separate rooms, right?




Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 5:15PM

ZE to Lilith:


We have … but nevertheless it sucks somehow.




Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 5:16PM

Lilith to ZE:


Lol you don’t like being stuck at home with your family? Not into the whole family bonding thing, huh.


I think this lockdown is perfect opportunity for many other positive things.




Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 at 5:18PM

ZE to Lilith:


I want to work again and go outside whenever I want wherever I want. This sucks.




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 11:59AM

Lilith to ZE:


Are you not able to go out at all? Your village looks very open and spacious. What happens when you go out for a walk? I have to cycle 10km out to get away from people, and this is what happens to me when I go for a walk:




That’s my cherry tomato that I did not give.




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 1:43PM

ZE to Lilith:


In Germany we can move freely around.


Bloody monkey doesn’t know who he is messing with eh?! xD




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 1:43PM

Lilith to Z:


Naw monkey won :p


I read that Merkel has eased the restrictions.




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 2:26PM

ZE to Lilith:


Yes and no. She is more careful than the leaders of the separate nations. Mr Söder from Bavaria is also acting carefully but Mr Laschek who is in charge of northern Westfalia is acting like there is no big deal in opening shops and schools as soon as possible. Just stupid.




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 5:05PM

Lilith to Z:


Hmm how free is your movement in Germany really? What can or can’t you do, or where can or can’t you go?




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 5:41 PM

ZE to Lilith:


This is quite complicated because every state can do what they think is the best for them. For example Lower Saxony says that you have to wear a safety mask when traveling in public transportation and entering stores. States don’t even let people inside when they are not living there, for example when they want to go there for holiday or to visit family members.




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 7:25PM

Lilith to Z:


Oh so central government is leaving it up to the different states to do what they think is best. The only thing is that people aren’t allowed to travel from one state to another?




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 7:50PM

ZE to Lilith:


I have to admit, I don’t know lol






I do not understand. He lives in the midst of so much open space. What is stopping him from stepping outside, alone, and wandering, alone?


It is harder for me to step out of my home without meeting anyone, because I live in such a small, packed country. Still, I manage. My mobility is not restricted. His mobility is not restricted.


Nature is on his doorstep. I have to cycle 10km out through sprawling industrial estates to get to such a space, where there are only a handful of humans.


I tell my housemates about my rides around my area, and they say my rides are “very far”. Are they? I don’t feel it. Takes my little lady legs less than one hour to cover a 10km distance. I consider a 10km radius as within my neighbourhood.


It strikes me that people like them may not consider places 10km out as within one’s “neighbourhood”.





Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 7:57PM

ZE to Lilith:


Just found it and I think … everything is clear. This is what it looks like when politics decides!

Based on the knowledge gained so far, one can say in summary of the Corona crisis:


  1. In principle, you may not leave the house, but if you have to, you can.
  2. Masks are useless, but maybe you have to wear one, they can save you, they may bring you nothing, but maybe a little. This will presumably make them mandatory soon. Even if there are nowhere to buy them.
  3. The stores are closed except for those that are open.
  4. You shouldn’t go to hospitals unless you have to go there. The same goes for doctor’s offices, you should only go there in an emergency, but provided you are not too sick.
  5. If you are ill, do not go to the doctor and stay in quarantine. But only if you have corona, i.e. fever. Or no fever, it can also be a cough or stomachache. Maybe you have no symptoms at all or you are seriously ill. Then you can go to the doctor. So if you have corona symptoms. Don’t wait too long and don’t overwhelm the health care system by going to the doctor unnecessarily.
  6. This virus is deadly, but not too scary, except that it can sometimes lead to a global catastrophe.
  7. Gloves won’t help, but they can still help.
  8. Everyone has to stay at home, but it is important to go out.
  9. There is no shortage of groceries in the supermarket, but there are many things that are missing when you go there in the evening, but not in the morning.
  10. The virus has no effect on children other than those to whom it affects.
  11. Animals are not affected, but there is still a cat that tested positive in Belgium in February when no one was tested, plus a few tigers here and there …
  12. You will have many symptoms when you are sick, but you can also get sick without symptoms, have symptoms without being sick, or be contagious without symptoms. Ah. 12 In order not to get sick, you have to eat well and exercise, or eat whatever you can get, and it’s better not to go out, well, but no …
  13. It is healthy to breathe fresh air, but you are very wrong when you breathe fresh air. And especially in parks, unless you go without sitting down, although you can only do that with a book, or if you are old (at what age?!?), But not too long or pregnant (but not old). Or so …
  14. You are not allowed to visit retirement homes or grandparents, but you have to take care of the elderly and bring food and medicine.
  15. If you are sick you should not leave the house, but you can go to the pharmacy. If you work in a nursing profession, you can also work at more than 38 ° C. 37.9 isn’t bad anyway, unless you’re not a caregiver. Then it is bad sometimes.
  16. You can have restaurant food delivered to your home that may have been prepared by people who weren’t wearing masks or gloves. But you should let decontaminate purchases outside for 3 hours. Pizza too?
  17. Every disturbing article or interview starts with “I don’t want to panic, but …”.
  18. You cannot see your older mother or grandmother, but you can take a taxi and meet an older taxi driver.
  19. You can walk around with a friend, but not with your family if they don’t live under the same roof.
  20. The virus stays active on different surfaces for two hours, no, four, no, six, no, we didn’t say hours, maybe days? But it needs a humid environment. Oh no, not really.
  21. The virus stays in the air – well no, or yes, maybe, especially in a closed room. One sick person can infect ten in an hour, so if it gets stupid, all of our children have been infected at school before they shut down.
  22. We count the number of deaths, but we don’t know how many people are infected since we have only tested those who were “almost dead” to find out if that is what they will die of.
  23. We have no treatment except that there may be one that does not appear to be dangerous unless you take too much (which is the case with all medications).
  24. We should remain locked up until the virus goes away, but it will only go away if we achieve collective immunity, that is, if it circulates. But for that we can no longer be locked up … that’s the way it is


Google translation ;)




Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 8:12PM

Lilith to Z:


Oh god so funny


It’s exactly like in Singapore xD


I feel like a criminal for eating ice cream on my own in a park now




A whole pint to reward myself after cycling!



Lilith is a monolingual Peranakan Singaporean, from a maternal ethnic Chinese lineage that spoke Malay and Hokkien, not Mandarin. She comes forged from Hellfire, has been described as some kind of journalist and, in the words of Bob Dylan (cranked up by Rage Against the Machine), does not want to work on Maggie's farm no more.

Liebe (Teil 3) follows Liebe (Teil 2), and is a conversation between Lilith and an old friend from Germany, which reflects their different attitudes to being in lock-down, in their separate circumstances.




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