Chronicling the Days – Carolyne van der Meer

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 Carolyne van der Meer, writing in April 2020.

Image: Creative Commons

Today’s tea remedy for coronavirus

I’m standing at the window. I’m on the eleventh floor of a high-rise. The world seems small. And when I look out, there’s almost nothing going on. A few cars on the road, crawling along. It’s like a Sunday in the 1970s. Except it’s not—because this is every day. Since the virus arrived, it’s like the world has taken an anesthetic, and I can’t help but wonder when—and how—it will wake up.

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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