How Are You Doing After Weeks of Social Distancing, Quarantine or Isolation?

L'Enfer, c'est les autres.

It's about a month since the official beginning of what we are calling "social distancing" in Canada.
I have been home from Mexico for just over 3 weeks. The curtailment of activities requires significant attitudinal adjustment.

I like to wander through our gardens.

When I was a student, I read Sartre's play "Huis Clos" which means "no exit". The premise of the play is the Hell is other people. Three characters, chosen by ?, are destined to spend eternity together
in an unattractive room. Each character has unresolved issues and is looking to the others for affirmation. Ironically, the others have been "chosen?" for their inability to reflect their roommates

I'm trying new recipes.
I am not used to staying in our apartment. I have been working 2 or 3 days a week for the last 2 years.
I have found that I enjoy working with children again, having an extra pay cheque and feeling appreciated by the staff where I work. On my days off, I usually visited with friends for walks or lunches. Some evenings, we went to our local tapas bar to listen to music and drink wine. On Sundays, I went to church with my mother and went to the golf course for lunch. All of these 
activities have been suspended  for the foreseeable future. 

Apartment living is a challenge in a world of limited activities. My husband and I are quite different from each other. With no basement, garage or private garden, it is hard work to develop daily routines
that satisfy each of our needs.

We both enjoy watching the birds.
Since our balcony is now finished, we are feeding birds together. We see chickadees, a flicker, sparrows, crows and hummingbirds. I've started sketching and I enjoy identifying the visitors. 
Monsieur sits on the balcony and potters with his bass. 

We both love Tilde.

We both enjoy spending time with Tilde. Monsieur usually plays ball in a field with her and takes her for walks. He enjoys watching dog antics on the computer. 

Travel is not in the future but I am editing travel photos and feeling gratitude for the adventures that I
 have enjoyed. Of all the places that I have visited, Paris is still my favourite. Do you think that there is something in the water (wine?) that makes everything better in Paris? Paris is my happy place. Almost every morning, I share a Paris photo on Instagram.

There are no services at our church but I watched two local Good Friday celebrations online. Through a telephone tree, I have connected with another congregation member that I did not know. Our church is using Facebook, Youtube and Zoom to reach out. 

We don't know when the numbers will permit safe and gradual (I hope) resumption of some activities.
How are you adapting to meet your physical, emotional and social needs? Do you find the computer a resource during this time? What challenges do you face? Do you have any advice for others?

Happy Easter!


  1. I'm happy to have found your new blog. I'm glad you mentioned it on IG, as I didn't know about it. I am trying to adapt to teaching via distance and it's a frustrating and tedious job. I miss connecting with my students and feel very inadequate to do this properly. I spent much of the weekend in the garden and that has been most therapeutic.

    1. It must be difficult to teach online. A French Immersion former colleague called me about ideas for reaching out to her Kindergarten class. Are your students Middle School? Just sorting out the technology would be a challenge. Our district sent out info about year end assessment today. I hope that it all goes smoothly for you.


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