These three words have always been in my mind during this quarantine season. As early as March 7, 2020, our employer gave some of us at the agency a forced leave notice because of the Coronavirus outbreak. He was a Chinese businessman who had family in Wuhan, and the virus struck them. I think he saw the pattern and how it will affect everyone who is exposed in public. He explained to us that we needed to stay at home for the time being.
Some of us, the newer employees, were given a forced leave notice. Apparently, he cannot pay for the salaries of everyone at this time because of the pandemic. The global economy was starting to crash, and even if the agency office will be closed, he needed a few employees to stay remotely to do the work. Luckily, I was one of these seventeen employees that he retained while the other fifty-five had to ask for welfare from the government.
It was specified in a special contract that because of this pandemic, all of us who were still working had to take a salary cut of twenty percent. It was massive for us, of course. It just so happened that my husband filed for relief, and his papers were duly noted. We are receiving $1,200 a week since this happened, while I do four to eight hours of work, five days weekly in front of my laptop.
The great thing about our family is that when times are tough, as a unit, we all go on – the going gets tougher. Passion, Purpose, and Productivity. My darling husband set up a Call-I-Cook Hotline, and he used social media to get this business “going.” He loved to cook. Leave him in the kitchen and an hour, you have a chef-style beautiful dining plate, well, not as fancy looking but the taste, oh wow. He was a cook before this happened, and since the resto, he was working at closed down, he had to step up. My husband was the man of the house by cooking, so to speak. In a day, he would rake in at least $800 to $1500 on orders. Also, he didn’t have to go out and buy the grocery. The grocery near us delivers all that he needs and even extends credit.
Our daughter who is seventeen years old, could not stand it that she has no allowance. After two weeks of being at home, she asked for a loan from me of $300. I questioned her why she needed it, and then she provided me a very detailed business plan. My daughter studied online on how to create lip and cheek cosmetics. She believes she can do business from home through social media and start making her lip and cheek tint brand.
My daughter also said that if someone orders from her, it will be picked up or delivered with a fee, and that she also has a contact who will deliver the products for her, and so, no going out of the house. The way she talked to me about it made me so proud. I mean, $300 is a big amount of money, but this child of mine is a driven person, just like me. So, I gave her the $300, which I let her see that I took out from my credit card as a 6-month loan. She promised to pay for it, and I believe that she will.
These are the downtimes, for sure. But our family stands tall, and we are above this problem. Instead of complaining and protesting what we do not have, we make do of what we have and use our skills and talents to make some more.
But the fact remains, we have to stay at home. We cannot take the risk of exposing ourselves to this virus. And by staying at home, we can help in flattening the curve. That does not mean though that you cannot work from home, because like us, you can if you want to.