This week’s isolation stories are brought to you by:
Jemma Powell (GOG 2010)
I now teach cello in Brisbane. For the last six weeks I have been teaching all of my students by video. As a teacher in these unusual times, my days are brightened by the eager attitudes of my cello students to continue their learning. I have been honing my skills of communication, observation and preparation of electronic materials to help them get the most out of their online lessons. It’s certainly unusual to dress in my work clothes and go to work in my house! But the knowledge that it helps my students continue in their routines as normally as possible makes it such a rewarding adventure. I am so glad to see that the girls at Glennie are fortunate to be learning in the same format as my students down here, and am certain that we will all have learned many valuable skills when this time is at an end!
Carol Rochaix Wright (GOG 1957)
Near the beginning of COVID-19 requirements for self-isolation/shelter in place, my husband, George, took this picture of the St. Lawrence River which is partially frozen. The island (about one kilometre out) is Milton Island which is a public island under the control of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission used on a pay- by-use basis by boaters and campers and further in the distance is the much larger Wolfe Island which is known for farmland, cottages and wind farms. The main St. Lawrence Seaway channel, for large ships, is on the far side of Wolfe Island and the United States border is further south.
As I write at the very end of April, the promises of campers and boaters have been put on hold, the silence is broken only by an occasional cow on Wolfe Island and the fog horn of the ferry from Kingston to Wolfe Island. The constant is the wind which drives the enormous wind turbines and somehow, sometime, the St. Lawrence Seaway will open and shipping will again ply the Great Lakes.
In the meantime, we look with jaundiced eye at all that needs to be done in our gardens, in these early spring days and when the day is done we sit at the kitchen table with a glass of wine, a game of Scrabble and a platter of cheese. The new normal is here and it comes with a realisation that we simply must take care of this wonderful world and its peoples with greater diligence and love.
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