Living through our #newnormal

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This article was published 25/05/2020 (860 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

We are not even six months into 2020 and my list of how the year will be remembered is already quite lengthy.

It includes both joy and sorrow, disappointment and surprise, as well as an overarching shock at how fast our lives have changed followed by amazement at how quickly so many have adapted in such a short period of time which; as a side note — it just goes to show what can happen when people work together.

The list grows every day. Breaking it down, this is how it looks so far:

Sou'wester Elizabeth McFarlane, mother in law of correspondent Debbie Ristimaki has learned to use an iPad at age 90 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staying connected with others

• We recently met up with some friends for some wine and laughs. No, it wasn’t at the house nor a restaurant — it was on our driveway and not only was it bring your own wine but bring your own chairs as well!

• My 90-year-old mother-in-law has discovered FaceTime, online games, and texting. She has even bought herself a new iPad and can be seen regularly with it in hand which means that she can no longer make comments about others on their cell phones!

Maintaining a sense of community

Janice Lukes, city councillor for Waverley West hosted a Zoom community meeting on May 14 which included MLA Jon Reyes and MP Terry Duguid. It was a creative approach to maintaining a community connection.

A celebration of life and celebrating life

From the COVID-19 related death of my brother-in-law’s son to attending the Zoom funeral of a long-time acquaintance, there has been sorrow. But there has also been joy as I think of having joined the parade of vehicles to celebrate Tia’s seventh birthday in Bridgwater Centre or Loji’s 12th birthday in Bridgwater Trails.

Last, I had never had the opportunity to see the Snowbirds until Operation Inspiration ,which included the flyover here in Winnipeg. The pride and indescribable feeling I had during those moments turned to sadness when we heard of the crash and death of one of the team members in Kamloops, B.C., a few days later.

As we navigate the #newnormal, I am reminded of the evolving language of hashtags that surround us. Remember that we are, indeed, #inittogether. Please do practise #physicaldistancing and if you have a compromised immune system or are symptomatic, #stayhome; #covid19 affects everyone differently.

Sending #virtualhugs.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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