My arms are just aching to be able to hold my grandson and my other -- the two of them.

[Interviewer]

How has Covid-19 impacted your daily life?

[Leanne]

Daily life is… uh… loss of work, um I was contracted with the school division to do in classroom gardening and so that all ended when schools closed, which is kinda sad and personally um… not drastically otherwise, my husband was still- went to work so we still had a relatively normal... aspect to that part of our day.

[Interviewer]

Kinda had a stable income too so that really helps

[Leanne]

Yes. yep.

[Interviewer]

What did you under-appreciate before Covid and what do you really appreciate now?

[Leanne] 

Under-appreciated...um… personal contact, you know, face to face conversations with people, spur of the moment coffee dates. Um… been very blessed to have zoom and facetime as part of our life through-out this. We have no family here so it was all um... visiting through...through zoom and um… I had a grandchild born during this and I haven’t been able to- I got to see him from an 8-foot distance but I have not been able to cuddle him and that’s been a huge sadness in our life right now.

[Interviewer]

Kinda waiting until all this is all kinda done so you can...

[Leanne]

Yeah. yes. 

[Interviewer]

Um… how do you think the pandemic will change society once it’s over

[Leanne]

Uh, my biggest wish is that we’ve all learned to slow down and… uh… appreciate the simple things and I hope that continues. Just um, you know families- there are lots of hardships through this, but I think there’s been lots of positives, families reconnected in… in my terms “old fashioned ways”. Sitting down at the table, eating di- meals together, uh game nights. Just all those things that were so much apart of my growing up years and for my children and so I hope- I hope that part continues.

Um... I love the cleanliness of the grocery stores

*laughing*

The, uh, carts being cleaned and the turntables are being cleaned between customers and I really appreciate that. I hope those aspects maintain...

[Interviewer]

You hope society’s cleanliness stays the same

[Leanne]

Absolutely. Yep. 

[Interviewer]

Um...How did isolation affect you and how has it affected your relationships with, like, family and friends?

[Leanne]

The biggest is not being able to physically be with family and friends and the physical touch as well, no hugging. um...Like I said before my arms are just aching to be able to hold my grandson and my other -- the two of them.

I think the isolation itself, probably mentally it was tougher than physically for a lot of people, myself included. Just knowing you couldn’t- you know that and… sort of  the isolation… yeah the mental wear that that took.

[Interviewer]

Well, I know we talked about your grandson- so your grandson that’s just been born, so what other, like, pre-Co- do you have any pre-Covid memory that kinda keeps you hopeful? I know you grandson- like n=being able to touch and cuddle your grandson...

[Leanne]

That’s what I’m looking forward to, yes. Well pre is just family gatherings, you know being… being with people and family and friends. We typically gather at least once a week- or sorry once a month and you know, we haven’t done that for almost 6 months now and that’s really a big part of our life. So that’s- I’m really hoping that that gets back into our life.

Um… yeah just the face-to-face one-on-one, that’s… that’s probably what keeps me going, knowing that we will be able to do that soon, hopefully