Live through the window: Father shares dinner with his two sons through a WINDOW because one of them is too ill to go out during the coronavirus pandemic
- Jemma Healy and sons Harvey, eight, and James, five, isolate themselves in Logan
- They are trapped until the world is safe for Harvey, who has a health condition
- Since their parents’ divorce, the boys have spent the weekend with their father
- The parents arranged dinners through the wall so that boys can see their father
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Two brothers who isolated themselves to protect the oldest child from contracting coronavirus shared a moving dinner with their father through a window.
Queensland mom Jemma Healy was incarcerated 12 days ago with her sons James, five and eight-year-old Harvey, who is taking immunosuppressive medications for a health condition.
Since their parents split up five years ago, the boys have spent the weekend with their father Tom and had dinner together mid week.
Now that the pandemic is not yet in sight, the family has adapted to ensure that the boys do not miss their father son time.
Tom and his sons James and Harvey will dine through a window until the corona virus crisis subsides
On Tuesday, the parents resorted to dinner through the window of Jemma’s Logan home – and plan to continue doing so until the corona virus situation becomes safe enough for Harvey to re-enter the community.
“It’s heartbreaking and hurts us all, but it’s best,” Jemma told Daily Mail Australia.
“We’re going to do window dinners as much as possible. The kids loved it, it broke their dad’s heart a little bit, but it helped him feel close to them.
“They played zeros and crosses on the glass.”
Jemma said she cooked the meal and just put it outside when Tom arrived.
When dinner was over, Tom wiped the chair and table with alcohol spray and took the plate and cutlery home for cleaning.
The mother of two said that while the children “ live with their father for their weekends, ” they understand the need to isolate themselves.
“They feel the squeeze and the change in their routine. The younger boy struggles the most, he’s his dad’s clone and a mini-man, ”she said.
‘[But] they also fully understand why we should do this. They understand the importance of protecting the health of people who have no chance of protecting themselves, people like Harvey. ‘
Jemma, Harvey and James have spent the past two weeks learning, cooking, conducting science experiments and creating art together
Jemma said she wanted the image to be a reminder that parents should always work together to protect their children’s interests.
“Whatever happened when the parents were divorced, the kids need to know they’re loved by both parents and the parents have to put aside their own problems to be the best version of themselves for the kids,” Jemma said.
“Teamwork is essential.”
The boys have had home schooling from their mother for the past two weeks, whose job as a childcare worker and facial painter has since been dashed amid the economic backlash from government restrictions.
The family remains in their home indefinitely until the coronavirus crisis is over.
Harvey has urged people to do their bit and isolate themselves to protect vulnerable Australians and ensure that the virus passes quickly.
“I hope people stay at home so the virus disappears and I can hug Daddy again,” he said.