What now?

In between COVID-19 Journal entries, I have spent the past four months writing. I have been writing without thinking and, in the past eight days, since I last published my journal, I think I have begun to think a bit more before writing. Sometime in late February, panic overtook me. There was news of the…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 100

This will be the last entry in my COVID-19 Journal. It is not that I won’t write about the Pandemic again, but, for me, this phase of my service to keep people safe from COVID-19 is ending. On June 30, I will return to the Youth Program fulltime. This is a picture of the corridor…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 94

Today I was clearing off the dinner table after hosting my son’s birthday party when I heard the loveliest sound. It was the sound of a jet plane taking off from the Ottawa airport. I was mesmerized. I stopped and listened. I listened in much the same way that I had when I was small…

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…