Chronicling the Days – Sophie Pagé

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 Sophie Pagé, writing in April, 2020.

photo: Sophie Pagé

I’ve been working from home since mid-March and little has changed from my old routine except that my new co-worker is an orange ball of fluff named Calvin. I’ve had worse colleagues. The times when he’s quiet and affectionate make me think that my situation isn’t so bad, that I could get used to being stuck inside all day with no one to interact with besides a cat. But then there are times when I remember why I usually prefer working in an actual office with other human beings.

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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