Chronicling the Days – Anabelle Zaluski

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

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This piece is by Anabelle Zaluski, writing in April 2020.

Photo: Creative Commons

I pull my boots on, flatten my coat against my body, and set my mask delicately across my face. Grocery shopping is an ordeal now, I’ve learned, foreseen with the care and planning of a war. Do I have my list? The cart to pull behind me? Will I remember to keep distance, and to only pick up the apples that I plan on buying, instead of examining every one?

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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