Not alone in the loneliness

I hate this virus. I hate the insecurity that it has brought into our lives. I hate that I don’t know what will happen after the 14 days of self isolation. Will the self isolation be extended for another one, three or six months? I feel helpless. When will life go back to being normal?
I miss the interaction with other people. I miss my normal life with its schedules created over decades. I miss my freedom to do as I please. The premier of Nova Scotia has banned meetings of groups exceeding five persons.
I doubt that I am alone.
I think of the students who will graduate from high school this year and attend their prom, but if schools do not open, they will have been robbed of one of the great passages of life. I think of the university and college students who expect to walk across the stage while being watched by proud parents. Their lives may have been put on hold for many months. This is not fair.
I must praise all the nurses, doctors, person service workers, care takers, ambulance attendants, and health support staff who every day go to their jobs risking their lives to look after us across the district. I really appreciate the staffs at Safeway, the Place, Einar’s, Cloverleaf Grocery, Dalseg’s Trading Post in Nestor Falls and Beaver Mills in Rainy River who stock shelves, handle check out lines and smile at us. We should all take time to say thank you to those staffs providing an essential service.
I praise the restaurants who have created new novel ways to deliver meals through takeout while their dining rooms are blacked out. You help bring some normalcy to our lives.
I feel fortunate that my sons have the ability to work from home. I worry about my daughter-in-law, a nurse who travels daily to and from a hospital in Toronto.
Our prime minister has said that we are in a war against a silent unseen enemy. I believe him and all the experts in Canada who keep telling us that we are all front line soldiers in the battle and our role is to hide in our homes and to limit our contact with others. If we can’t catch the virus, we can’t pass it on.
I thank all the district residents who are taking the instructions of the Northwestern Health Unit, the Minister of Health for Ontario and the Canadian Minister of health to heart and are following the guidelines.
If we follow the battle orders of our leaders, maybe, just maybe we will be hardly wounded by the virus. If we fail, no family will go untouched. We can hate this virus with all of our might, but we can channel that hate into making sure a catastrophe does not happen in the district.


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