Chronicling the Days – Clare Chodos-Irvine

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 Clare Chodos-Irvine, written on March 25, 2020.

Film still from Lady Bird (2017, IAC films)

Our apartment is small and everything lives inside of handmade ceramics. I spend the mornings drinking cups of tea and cutting long, thin slices of sourdough. I eat them while watching a video about someone else who’s stuck inside their own small apartment. It’s quiet except the wind is pushing through a small gap in my window, and I can hear it whistling. I can imagine a cat sitting on my bed, licking itself in the sunlight, except I didn’t think ahead and buy a cat before all this started, so it’s just a patch of sunlight and a pair of sweatpants I haven’t put away yet.

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5 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Clare Chodos-Irvine

  1. “I spend a lot of time walking around Westmount, because the most exciting thing I can do is walk around Westmount.” True during quarantine or anytime. Loved this piece!!


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