Flute From China

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Posted April 3, 2020 from United Kingdom

My 5-year-old niece was pestering us for a flute for a while. I ordered one for her through eBay sometimes back.

The manufacturer is from China and the flute never came back. China was at the verge of COVID-19 outbreak at that time. Then things started to settle there.

Inara kept on asking whether her flute arrived. I sent a message to the distributor. They said the parcel has arrived in the UK and kept in quarantine for 14 days. Finally, the flute arrived the day before yesterday. It's a beautiful bamboo flute with soothing green patterns. Flute seemed worthier than the bucks spent.

My niece was elated beyond words.

And seen with it throughout the day. Trying to play 'the lion sleeps tonight' from the lion king.  She watched a few YouTube videos on playing the flute but didn't have the patience to follow them. Meanwhile, the UK's death toll surpassed 1700. Family and friends are concerned and texting us to keep safe. Summer spreads through our closed windows. It's painful. My heart is heavy with an overwhelming unexplainable feeling.

'Can you stop playing the flute for a while?' 'But, I want to practice' 'I want to go to music school...'

I overheard the conversation between my sister and her daughter. Schools remain shut and we do not know what lies ahead of us. I smile, sitting in my bed looking at the brightly lit blue sky. Sometimes, children are our guides in overcoming anxiety. They teach us unintentionally how not to lose hope.

#LockDown #Day8

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Hello, Shameela,

Kindly give your cute niece a hug from me. It’s true children give us a fresh perspective about life. I love the “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the way.

Kindly upload video of your niece if she already learned to play that tune.

1,700 is alarming, dear. Please stay safe always.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Apr 03
Apr 03

Happy about your Niece's flutes
Yes, we all pray the Pandemic is over so we can all return back to our normal lives
Greetings from Nigeria.

jessg411
Apr 03
Apr 03

Dear Shameela- thanks for sharing. Hope you and your family are staying safe. The number of people impacted by COVID-19 is alarming. I am glad your niece is finding joy in the small things and is learning a new hobby to entertain herself. I've lost count of the days I have been self-isolating.

Best,
Jess

anita shrestha
Apr 04
Apr 04

wow

Melissa Kelly
Apr 04
Apr 04

So nice that children are so adaptable and can be the best examples of living in the present. Thank you for sharing this beautiful reminder of hope and learning from our kids.

Selma Ndi
Apr 06
Apr 06

Continue to keep safe. And may your niece continually bless your heart through her flute even in such a time as this

Metiege Noel Eve
Apr 06
Apr 06

Thanks sis nice she had her flute music is food for the soul.

Rahmana Karuna
Apr 06
Apr 06

Thank you Shameela. day 30+ here. sounds like a lovely flute. i played silver flute in 5th grade.
Why are your windows closed? fresh air helps. This is not easy on so many people being isolated. If we can remember Ann Frank and her 2 years in a closet!!!!! glad your niece is playing.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Apr 06
Apr 06

Dear Shameela,

Thank you for writing this. Reading this was a real pleasure. As an educator, I can truly relate to this: "Sometimes, children are our guides in overcoming anxiety. They teach us unintentionally how not to lose hope."

Thank you for your voice. Please take care and stay safe. I would love to see photos and videos of your adorable niece playing the flute!

Love and Gratitude,
Sowmya

Kika Katchunga
Apr 07
Apr 07

Hello

It’s horrible ; be strong and always keep hope; it will be fine ; God help us
thank you for sharing with us

Jeanine A
Apr 07
Apr 07

Thank you for sharing. Children offer great hope at times like this as they know the world is not over, at least not as they know it.

lauraswny
Apr 21
Apr 21

I love this - no emotion but in things, a creative writing adage..nice