My fellow Finns used to laugh at me as well as mock and ridicule me when I used to tell them that we should appreciate every moment as if it was our last and especially cherish the time we can spend with our children at home. Now, as the virus is ravaging Finland, people are forced to do the things I encouraged them to do, but nobody wanted to. The orders to stay at home or to self-isolate and the brief lockdown of my county (Uusimaa) did not harm me and the kids. Homeschooling, for example, increased (if that’s possible) the levels of creativity, joy, and serenity in our home.
May G-d bless us all and keep us safe and secure also in the future.
Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas) who has won writing contests and challenges held, for example, in the USA, Israel, and Finland. The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention in 2019 for her essay concerning invisible warfare, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski and Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein. Puolakka's interview concerning some of the same topics can be found through Re:fiction. The Burgundy Zine (USA) celebrated her articles concerning science, pseudoscience, Mr. Kaczynski, Mr. Wittgenstein, and education in Sept 2020 and March 2020. Hybris (Tampere University) will publish her academic article in Dec 2020. Puolakka has been the winner of the poetry challenge held by Poetry Potion over 30 times. Her realistic fantasy story "Kuitti" (Varjorikko 1/2020) is one of the nominees for the distinguished Atorox Award, 2021.