The Last Days of Normalcy | The Corona Chronicles | Day Two | Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Last updated on November 1st, 2020 at 12:02 am

Day Two had me feeling a bit more like an outdoor cat trapped indoors, clawing away at the screen door for the world he thinks he’s supposed to be in.

Casey's Corona Chronicles—Day Two—Selfie at the Park

The weekend’s over and tomorrow will be the first real taste of just how much the world has changed for many Ontarians. For those of us not working at home, or employed by one of the numerous services already shut down in the province, it won’t be a regular Monday, and will start to set the tone for the next few weeks ahead. But rather than dwell on the negatives and let them burrow deep inside us, we should look at all this as a challenge to our norms, giving us new ways to do the things we’d always taken for granted.

Into a Brave New World.

So many of us will be working from home, and our kids are learning from home—but can our church families worship from home?

With the reputation I’ve built as my church’s “tech guy”, after Bishop Andrew Asbil announced that we’d cease all congregational worship to keep everyone safe, we wanted to find a way to still connect with everyone in these troubling times.

And so we tried a live stream, using my Logitech C920 Webcam perched atop my MonoShot, giving me the chance to practice some skills I rarely use otherwise.

If you ask me, that’s something we should all be doing while practising social distancing—building skills that we can use once all of this is finally done. We have no idea what tomorrow brings, so we may as well give ourselves as many options as we can to find our way!

So even though the live stream wasn’t the best, it taught us some new things—I’m sure they’ll come in handy soon!

Some Day Two Updates

But before we wrap the second full day of a new world in Ontario to a close, let me share a few of the things I’ve discovered during another day closed off from the world:

The World I (Used To) Know

With the weekend done, our social engagements end right with it, officially holing up while this pandemic ratchets up at an alarming rate. I haven’t consumed this much news before in my life. The prospect of being stuck in one place for so long without any plans feels unnatural to me, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. But they’re things I need to learn to get used to—it’s abundantly clear that COVID-19 is affecting us at an exponential rate….

I hope everyone’s buckling down to make it through all this as intact as they can—I’ll check in with you all tomorrow!


Is this pandemic real to you yet? What are you doing differently because of it?


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And that’s another day of The Great Quarantine in the bag—as much as I enjoy having all this extra time to write, a man’s gotta rest sometime.

I hope you’re all keeping safe out there, and if it all ever feels like it’s a little too much to handle, remember—one day at a time is all we’ve gotta do!

Be well, everyone, and until the next, I remain,

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If you want to check out more of The Corona Chronicles, make sure to keep checking the page for the full series here!

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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