All Directors were invited to send in a report on what they had been doing during COVID-19.
What I Did During COVID-19
OJoan Dawson, RTAM Past President n July 13 my husband and I stood in our
kitchen, looking out over Paint Lake,
watching a wind shear come over the water
towards us. The dark clouds, loaded with rain, swept
towards at an amazing rate. As it came closer the
trees started to sway dramatically and with a loud
bang one of them toppled over, landing on our roof.
We were startled and prepared to see major damage.
When the weather cleared my husband, Brian, and
I examined the damage. It wasn’t bad, needing only
minor repairs. Brian and our neighbour got to work,
taking the tree down and clearing up the mess in a
very short time.
To me, watching this happen made me think of how,
in February and March, we watched COVID-19 spread
from China to sweep around the world, changing
life as we know it. I was nowhere near prepared for
a pandemic. We hustled to purchase the supplies
the experts decided that we needed to survive the
duration of the crisis and to rearrange our plans for
travel and any commitments that we had made for the
near future. Now we know that we are in for the long
haul and have to make even more accommodations to
survive this unprecedented time.
Knowing that I wasn’t going anywhere and would
have a lot of time on our hands, I made plans to
complete as many unfinished projects as I could
including several quilting projects, some stained
glass repairs for friends, as well as an unfinished
piece and definitely cleaning every closet in the
house. Brian and I would cook together and I would
spend lots of time gardening.
A few quilting projects were finished, we cooked
together without too much stress and I did clean
a few closets. Time has slowed down and so have
I. My major accomplishment was working with a
great nephew and his grandmother, my beloved
twin sister, Janice, to teach him how to read. He is a
reluctant reader and would have gone into grade three
with very few reading skills. We are doing this over
the phone with Janice and Brody sitting at a table
with a laptop and whatever materials Janice and I
have devised for them to work with. We have read
stories, written sentences, done reading and writing
assessments, played word games and held races to
see who can print the fastest. I have listened to a
reluctant and unhappy boy become an enthusiastic
reader and writer. I am becoming a better writer by
devising the stories that have helped him develop into
a skilled reader. I have discovered what a determined
and resourceful person my sister is. She knew what
skills Brody needed and is ensuring that he acquires
them. This has been an amazing experience which
wouldn’t have happened this particular way without
the social distancing and isolation rules created to
deal with COVID-19.
I wish that we weren’t dealing with the terrible
outcomes of a global pandemic but I am glad for the
time spent with my great nephew and my sister. It
has been a bright time in the middle of adversity.
34 n RTAM KIT Fall 2020