My COVID-19 Journal – Day 93

Yesterday various news outlets reported that there were many new COVID-19 cases in youth under 20. In fact, cases of COVID-19 in people under 20 were increasing at the highest rate of all age groups at this time. For those of us who work with youth, this is disheartening. Of course, the speculation is that…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 92

Each day there are more and more youth speaking to me about how addiction and drug use has slipped into their lives during COVID-19. Today, I learned from a sixteen year old that it is more common for illegal marijuana to be mixed with “tiny” amounts of fentanyl in Canada than in any other part…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 91

I am remembering last June. One sunny afternoon, I am interrupted by a very rapid, almost urgent knocking on my door. I open the door and there is a very tall, very slender young man in well-pressed but loose trousers and shiny new brown brogues. Whatever he is wearing to finish off this smart outfit…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 88

Strawberry season has started! As we drove back from a drive last Sunday, I noticed that there was a yellow and green farmer’s produce stand open and stopped to buy strawberries. This weekend, I will make strawberry jam. I do this every June, but this year, when nothing has been normal, it is wonderful to…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 85

Today was a two-cup-of-tea day, meaning that I arrived home and needed not one but two cups of tea to be ready for an evening contemplating the remainder of the week. I started the day optimistic, putting on a piece of jewelry for the first time in 85 days. It was a simple pendant I…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 84

I don’t always receive a lot of comments about my blog, but I was surprised to have about a dozen youth get back to me in several ways to give their ideas about what they are going to do to get a “real summer holiday”. I received great suggestions from them and thought I would…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 82, 83

Today I was thinking about how important it is for our mental health in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere to have experienced that “summer holiday feeling”. I am thinking particularly of the youth I know who normally get a complete break in the summer from the demands and worries of school, even when they…