Chronicling the Days – Linda Thompson

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 Linda Thompson, writing on Monday April 13, 2020.

Photo: Creative Commons

I’ve noticed a pattern since quarantine began on March 16th for me: One day I feel hopeful and the next I crash. The weather can change that one way or another. So when I open my eyes to the sound of pelting rain, I wait for the crushing feel of despair to weigh me down. Instead, I feel acceptance settle in my bones. For today at least, I am the lamb faithfully believing that the shepherds of our collective health will lead us to better days.

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2 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Linda Thompson

  1. This puts it in perspective. So hard. I only wish I could cultivate the view of cooking the writer has. I’m experiencing cooking fatigue. How did our grandmother’s do it?


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