Chronicling the Days – Danielle Wong

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

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This piece is by Danielle Wong, writing on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Image: Danielle Wong

My daughter asks me to stay beside her. At first, the reason is homework. I get up to leave when she is done. She is not willing to let me go. She needs company to colour. I stay and colour with her while we listen to music. Some weeks it is “Lean on Me”, other times “You Lift Me Up”, or “Amazing Grace”. She plays the song of the week over and over, repetition the one thing she understands completely.

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