Chronicling the Days – Lea Beddia

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Lea Beddia, writing on Friday, April 3, 2020.

So close.

My daughter wakes at three a.m for the third time this week, calling out for her grandparents. I rock her back to sleep, but she’s up again at five. I’m used to sleepless nights, but my daughter is too young to understand why we can’t see loved ones, and her anxiety is affecting her sleep.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

2 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Lea Beddia

  1. A thoughtful post. Thanks for sharing it with, among other readers, this QWF member living in the Plateau Mt-Royal, who hopes, like you and your family, to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Les Laurentides me manque particulièrement. Bonne journée!


  2. Lea, This is very beautiful and moving. I love all the images, especially of your family singing Bonne Fete into the open window. I think so many of the sorrows you are feeling are commonly shared right now and it’s good to know we are not alone in our sadness. Keep writing! As your mentor, your chapters are keeping me entertained in my isolation. Thank you


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