In Resilience in Life and Faith, we mention Joseph’s creative dreams, and researchers are reporting that many people are describing creative lockdown dreams. Judging by the lack of flour and yeast in the shops, many people are also creatively baking the lockdown away. I just managed to burn something which I was meant to be warming up for one minute in the microwave, so I had better stay away from any baking.
No, my venture into creativity has come with trying to help my son cope with some of the frustrations of the lockdown. For example, his birthday party had to be cancelled, and presents which had been ordered by post did not arrive for weeks. He had especially been looking forward to a DVD.
‘Just think about the stories you will tell your grandchildren,’ I said, to try to cheer him up. Together, we concocted the tale of the time the prime minister came round in a bus and personally locked us into our house. The birthday DVD was misdirected and sent to the moon and back, arriving on his 30th birthday. By then the only DVD player in the country was in a museum, so he hid in the museum at night to watch it, and… the story went on until we were crying with laughter instead of with sorrow.
Creativity comes in many forms, and it can indeed help.