I would say it doesn't affect my relationships other than being disappointed that we can't go to things together.

[Interviewer]

How has COVID-19 impacted your daily life?

[Miriam]

Well, it's quite a change when you're on your own here without family coming in and out. But as far as anything else goes, it's not changed our feelings to one another, that's for sure. They still come in and visit, and I'm so glad of that, so that's...

[Interviewer]

What did you take for granted before COVID that you appreciate more now?

[Miriam]

Probably freedom to come and go as you like, others take it granted and then it's gone... kind of feel like a kid in kindergarten again. But other than that, I can't say a big difference other than missing my family.

[Interviewer]

How do you think the pandemic will change society once it's over?

[Miriam]

That's a hard question. Hopefully it'll change for the good and people will realize how much they appreciate things and glad to have them back, glad to be able to come and go as you want. Probably makes people appreciate things more, I would think.

[Interviewer]

How did isolation affect you and how has this affected your relationships to family and friends?

[Miriam]

I would say it doesn't affect my relationship other than being disappointed that we can't go to things together. It doesn't make a bit of difference to relationship as far as we care the same about each other, and that's what I call relationship. And they're very, very good to me.

I missed my celebration for my 90th birthday when I first moved here, but even then they brought balloons out there and could see them out the window, so at least they still remembered. And that, I can't say it changed my relationship. We're very close.

[Interviewer]

And what memories keep you hopeful and what future hopes keep you going?

[Miriam]

What was that again?

[Interviewer]

What memories keep you hopeful and what future hopes keep you going?

[Miriam]

Memories of before, you mean?

[Kim (staff)]

Yeah. So what memory keeps you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

[Miriam]

Oh, well the memories before, I liked the kids. One of them would always pick me up and Sunday morning and we'd go to church together. I miss that. I am so glad that I have the Lord to help me through these things though, because it's God's peace that really gets us through it all.

So I'm very thankful for that, but I do miss going to church, but it doesn't change my relationship with the Lord himself. So I'm very, very thankful for that. And changing, no, it doesn't change. He gives you the peace all through this, whether we go to church or not, if you want it.

So, and family we'll just get together after and try to make up for lost time and love each other like we always have.

[Interviewer]

That's all.

[Miriam]

Oh okay, thanks.

[Kim (staff)]

That's beautiful, Miriam.