Chronicling the Days – Louise Carson

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 Louise Carson, writing Monday, any Monday, April 2020.

Louise Carson: couch and cat

8:20 a.m. Large male ginger cat scratches at bedroom door. Snuffles.

8:21 a.m. Piercing yowls from small black female cat.

8:22 a.m. Sigh. Rise. Assess back stiffness, pain. Open door. Greet cats. Shuffle to bathroom. Ablutions. Cat box duty. Cats jostle for position waiting to use clean box. Feed them.

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

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