Chronicling the Days – Bernice Sorge

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.

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This piece is by Bernice Sorge, writing on April 4, 2020.

Photo – Bernice Sorge

Days Without Agendas.

My agenda used to be a small book that I carried everywhere. I used to fill it up with dates and times and where I had to be when. It projected my life into weeks of the future and guided my days. Since the isolation my agenda is no longer a book; it is a fluid movement from place to place and moment to moment. It is partly based on chance encounters and partly on planning for food and supplies for the next few months. The isolation and the early spring have melded together to slowly implant a movable routine.

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