Chronicling the Days – Sylwia Bielec

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 Sylwia Bielec, writing in March 2020.

Photo: Sylwia Bielec

Day 14. You think it’s about the isolation but it’s not. I work at home already, and with my daughter home, I am less alone than before. It’s almost fun, like a weird, tense vacation. I don’t have any face to face meetings that should have been an email either. As a GenX latchkey kid, I am well equipped to handle both aloneness and boredom, although I am rarely afflicted with the latter. 

Addendum: Cooked two meals, and made one snack. We took two walks, did a workout from YouTube. A full day of work, including a meeting where people just needed to talk about their new lives. Sent a bunch of follow-up emails. Texted my mom. Bought a gift online. Everything is normal and nothing is.

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