My office had asked all staff to work from home a couple of weeks before the lockdown began in India. My wife, a teacher, was also at home since the government had declared holidays for schools. I used to help her with some of the housework, but in all honesty, I did not contribute as much as I should have. One day she just burst into tears and said she feels like the house-elf doing all the work while everyone just sat around.
She made a list and showed me how much work it takes to maintain and run a house. We talked about it, and I took up 40% of the tasks, including cooking at least one meal and doing the dishes and arranging them at least twice a day.
I have been doing most of what I promised, and it does help, but I realized that acts of kindness should begin at home. It’s not even kindness really but a responsibility.