Chronicling the Days – Amie Watson

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 Amie Watson, writing in April 2020.

Photo: Creative Commons

The highlight of my evening the other day was jumping on a cardboard box.

I’d tried to tear it, but there was a thick layer of tape across the bottom and my nails are short. (To keep feeling as though life hasn’t pressed pause, I’ve kept cutting them even though I’m not rock climbing lately because the climbing gym is closed.)

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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