At least certain things are beginning to look normal again around former Ulster player Andi Kyriacou's home in the Wirral near Liverpool.
Sons Ted and Rufus, nine and five respectively, are now both back in some form of schooling structure, which isn't merely being done from the house, though wife Rebecca is a teacher and is continuing to navigate her way through the complexity of being a key worker.
With two-year-old daughter Dorothea having her afternoon nap, Kyriacou has some downtime to reflect on his travels as a player, which as well as three years and just short of 50 games at Ulster, also included time at Sale Sharks, Saracens, Munster and Cardiff Blues before then turning to coaching.
All told, he is now getting close to having been 20 years in the game. He has seen much, whether spending time with Paul O'Connell in his pomp, experiencing the searing pain of Nevin Spence's loss or marvelling from a coaching perspective at the ability of Will Addison when both were at Sale.
While all this is being recalled, there is also, naturally, some talk surrounding the less than certain future in rugby's post-coronavirus environment.
The former hooker has been assistant coach at English Championship side Nottingham for two years, following stints at Cardiff Blues, Sale and with Russia's national side, though the impact of the pandemic, which has seen the Nottingham squad furloughed, is just one aspect of a darkening outlook for the league immediately beneath the Premiership.
With drastic funding cuts coming down the track and rumours about a possible breakaway structure, these are less than stable times.
"It's almost a perfect storm of tough circumstances," says the 37-year-old, who retired from playing because of injury one year after leaving Ulster for Cardiff in 2013.
"No one knows really what the Championship is looking like right now.
"Playing behind closed doors is all well and good if you have TV money, but that's not the same in the Championship as in the Premiership."
"It's a tricky situation," adds Kyriacou, whose former club Saracens are also facing life below stairs after their salary cap breaches.
The landscape regarding Kyriacou's playing career is less forbidding.
After moving to Saracens from Sale in 2004, an injury crisis at Munster in the 2006-07 season and a phone call made by Declan Kidney to the London side's then coach Alan Gaffney led to an unexpected offer of work to see out the final six months of the campaign.
"I was still a bit down the pecking order at Saracens and this opportunity was a no-brainer," recalls Kyriacou.
It opened his eyes to what was possible in terms of preparation and application at a Munster squad that had won the Heineken Cup the previous season and contained the totemic presences of O'Connell and Ronan O'Gara.
As Kyriacou explains: "It was an enlightening playing experience in terms of working with people who demanded so much from each other."
He used to share lifts from Cork back to Limerick with O'Connell and absorbed everything he could of the Ireland player's constant battle to improve and the Munster man's less fabled sense of fun.
"I wasn't who I'd been when I left Saracens," is how Kyriacou sums up his return to London, while also mentioning that what he had gleaned from Munster's frank and open approach wasn't quite what was then desired back at his regular club.
He wanted back to Ireland and, with Ulster interested, alongside the South African takeover and subsequent cull at Saracens, Kyriacou moved to Belfast in summer 2009. Though his family have Cypriot roots, Irish qualification on his grandmother's side was also advantageous in making the switch.
With Rory Best initially injured, Kyriacou got game-time too and impressed, which led to him playing for Ireland 'A'.
All seemed set fair, with him making strong friendships and also doing some coaching at Malone. Rebecca was working at Campbell College and their first child, Ted, was born during the time in Belfast.
In 2011, the Liverpool native even signed up for another two years, but he didn't stay to see them through.
As he explains: "An opportunity came at Cardiff, where I was going in as number one hooker.
"For me, at nearly 30, it was a chance to give it a real rip and enter the last hopefully few years of my career as a starter."
"It would have been great to stay at Ulster, but I'd always aspired to doing that (being a starter)," he says, adding that the need to be that bit closer to extended family was also a factor.
Not long after his move came the tragedy which claimed Spence's life along with his brother and father.
Ulster's first game back after the three deaths was at the Arms Park against a Blues side, with Kyriacou starting. Ulster won, though it hardly seemed to matter.
"It was pretty emotional," Kyriacou remembers of a time which still haunts him.
"When that full-time whistle went, it was special to see the guys and connect with them again.
"Even now, it's tough to explain those feelings around that time. We loved Nevin and he was such a big part of things at Ulster."
It proved to be a tough year for Kyriacou as a back injury then forced his premature retirement. Though he immediately joined the Blues' coaching staff in summer 2013 - staying in the game was always the plan - it was nevertheless a tough transition to suddenly be on the other side of the fence from his team-mates.
His Cardiff stay came to an end two years later and he had to go looking for work, which arrived as a scrum and forwards consultant with Russia. The role lasted about a year and involved six months working over there, which was hugely rewarding though tough on his young family who, in the meantime, moved to the north-west of England.
Back home and after a period coaching at the Caldy club on Merseyside, he was back at Sale in 2016 as a scrum and skills coach, where he encountered Addison.
"What a talent," Kyriacou says of the now Ulster and Ireland player.
"I think the sky's the limit for him. Literally, my jaw dropped at how easy he made things look. When he signed at Ulster, I was made up."
With his own future not entirely clear, Kyriacou is keeping an eye out for any other opportunities should the uncertainty of things in the Championship remain and have a knock-on effect regarding his role at Nottingham.
He adds: "At the moment, it's just about getting ready as best you can (for rugby's return). What will be, will be."