In this video, Doron Putka, an artist, former preschool teacher and worried parent, reflects on her regimented approach to dealing with lockdown.
She’s an immigrant from Israel, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, who lives in the Boston area.
Doron is also my mom.
Her upbringing gave her the resilience to take COVID-19 measures in stride, from washing dollar bills to exercising in the basement.
“My mom learned to cook things without any ingredients, you know?” Doron says. “She learned to make do…She would tell me, ‘I’m like a cat. Throw me off the tenth floor of a building, and I’ll land on my feet.’
“And that’s always in my head.”