Chronicling the Days – Connie Guzzo-McParland

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 Connie Guzzo-McParland, writing on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Photo Connie Guzzo-McParland

An Uneasy Siesta.

When the Quebec Premier announced the Covid-19 lockdown, I felt a sense of relief that the decision to stay put was made for us. I must also confess that, for a fleeting moment, I experienced the same gladness I remember from when, as a student and then a teacher, a snow day was announced. Unexpectedly, a present had fallen from the heavens: the chance to snuggle up in bed, catch up on assignments, read or simply laze around.

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