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Quarantine to Shall Pass

A phrase that comes to mind often during this current pandemic is, “This too shall pass.”

We have watched, at first in denial, then in horror, during these past months, as the world around us has rapidly been changing. We have witnessed our communities begin to buckle as the rate of infection has continued to spread. 

Being quarantined at home, apart from our friends, families, jobs and schools has caused insurmountable grief and fear.

One thing I’ve been reminded of recently, time and time again, is how resilient we truly are.  From isolation and a total disconnect from our loved ones, many of us are now beginning to tentatively reach out to one another once again.  On many city sidewalks, chalk drawings left in a childish scrawl communicate messages of hope.  Posters can be glimpsed, taped to windows, displaying thanks to first responders.  

Even in crisis, we are finding opportunities to heal and we are discovering ways to adapt. Hope is necessary to find our strength to keep going despite the circumstances we have been faced with.

Signs of hope are emerging from the darkness

We are discovering how to get by with less and to fill our time with more meaningful pastimes.  Families are rediscovering board games long ago put away on the shelf, as well as the art of making simple home science experiments or baking together.  Shortly after the school closures, the various school boards were successful in creating a distance e-learning platform.  Many employers have been able to incorporate steps to allow their staff to work remotely and virtual meetings are becoming commonplace.  Restaurants are now adapting to the forced closures and are now partnering with delivery companies.  

Signs of hope are emerging from the darkness. After months apart, leaving care packages outside the homes of loved ones, participating in drive-by celebrations, and joining groups to share activity ideas, recipes exchanges are also becoming a welcome respite.  As we adapt to our new normal, we gain a finer appreciation of what we have, how little we need and how lucky we truly are.

No longer are items being hoarded from stores, but instead are now being donated to healthcare workers. Enough masks are being made, and communities are starting to slowly repair the seams as gloved hands are reaching out together once more.  Children are learning the value of what they have and many are spending their time volunteering to help those less fortunate by pulling weeds for an elderly neighbour or donating sandwiches for the homeless.

It is easy to lose hope, but as the world continues to shift, remember, “this too shall pass”.

Sheri Macneall