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.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Puolakka landed first and second in various writing contests and challenges. She was also given honorable mentions. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by the science & university magazine Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition. Her story celebrated "Teddy." On April 15 and May 20, she was the guest editor of The Ekphrastic Review's "Throwback Thursday." On June 3, her interview was published by Penable. In late 2021 and 2022, Puolakka is the remote representative of the City of Oulu.