To the Editor:

It seems some are referring to our time with COVID-19 as the ‘new normal’. The question is, what is ‘normal? The only thing constant in life is change so we may as well get ready for the ride. Remember, you are not the person today that you were yesterday.

Change is difficult for so many and this change has hit us like a brick wall. We can hope that things will change, level off flattening the curve. What information we are being given by our government and health care leaders is different than the day before. There is no ‘go back to the old ways’ as everything has changed. It is time we embrace the unknown knowing this too will change.

The way I am seeing things is that people for the most part are being kinder, caring and more helpful to others; treat others the way you would want to be treated yourself.

Grocery stores are an essential service, thank you to these front line workers. There are a limited number of food establishments/restaurants open for take-out/pick-up which makes me wonder how many of these dinning establishments will survive and be there in the future. Why not take one day a week and enjoy take-out? Cooking at home has become the new normal for many as they are making meals and baking for the first time. This is an opportunity for young people with their family to develop cooking skills. People are sharing recipes and cooking on the internet to help pass the time. I saw someone on Facebook post cookies they made that were burnt — a learning process. Our own Kilted Chef has a one-hour cooking presentation from his home at 3 p.m. on Facebook six days a week…yummm!

There are no recreation facilities open or sport events happening. People are going for walks, playing cards or board games, doing crafts, listening to music and/or being part of the online kitchen party and watching movies. There are many things available on the internet to help pass the time, free classes in many different areas of interest. Once the weather improves, yard work and gardening are on the minds of many. I have heard people are thinking about planting vegetables, some for the first time. I think it is important for children to learn about growing food and seeing seeds sprout and grow. They will learn that the carrots in the grocery store do not look exactly like the ones you pull from the ground. They will see ‘real food’ rather than processed and packaged. I love to see my tomato plants grow; to me it is like magic watching the changes as I anticipate a home grown tomato for a sandwich.

There is no new normal as we move forward with this change, it is just change. Will things go back to the way things were before? Definitely not. Hopefully we can settle in and grow with what the future has to hold for us, nobody said it was going to be easy.

Smile and be kind to yourself knowing we are all it this together. This too shall pass.

When someone asks me how I am doing I always say ‘hangin’ in there, one day at a time’.

Do your best!

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin

New Glasgow