Chronicling the Days – Ami Sands Brodoff

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 Ami Sands Brodoff, writing on Sat April 4, 2020.

Today is my eldest son Tobias’ 27th birthday. He is in New York and I am here in Montreal. The distance has never felt so vast.

I’m on my usual 5 km exercise walk from my home in western NDG up to the top of Monkland Village and then back. I text Toby bday wishes and love. I’m worried about him.

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