Chronicling the Days – Michelle Ariss

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 Michelle Ariss, writing on Saturday April 4, 2020.

Photo: Michelle Ariss

Normal Circumstances.

Saturday April 4, 2020: the fourth day of the fourth month of a leap-year, the spring most of us wish we could just leap over. Go directly to summer or even further, into autumn, instead of pandemic “jail,” although the quarters to which I am confined are about as far from a prisoner’s four walls as they can be. So, no complaints here, unless I talk about the fact that, at the age of 70, I moved from the Eastern Townships, where I had lived for close to two decades, to a neighbouring bilingual city in Ontario where I know no-one. The closest family member lives a good hour’s drive away.

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