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Hold your loved ones (kind of) close

The Henry Hype

While there are a lot of negatives surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, one of the positives I see is people spending more time with their family.

Sure, you might be locked up in your homes for an undetermined amount of time, but I’ve seen a ton of social media posts about people laughing and enjoying the unexpected time with their loved ones.

For those of you who are ready to pull their hair out because your siblings, parents, or significant other is getting on your nerves, I just want to let you know I’m incredibly jealous because I’m not in the same situation.

When I made the decision to move across the country, I knew being away from my family would be difficult. I knew I’d spend holidays alone except for a phone or video call to get me through the day, but I never could have imagined I’d be in a situation like this.

When all the information started coming out about the coronavirus, my thoughts immediately turned to my parents, brothers, and nephew. I realized if something happened to any of them, I’d be helpless to do anything and that hurt way more than I could ever describe. I might not even know if something’s going immediately, because I'm relying on others to tell me.

I get an update from one of my family members every couple of days, which makes me miss them even more. I want to sit, at a safe distance, with them, play Trivial Pursuit until we start an argument, and just talk about whatever.

As much as I’m sure they would drive me crazy if we were in isolation together, I know they’d do everything in their power to make sure I wouldn’t lose it during this time.

I knew situations like this could arise in the case of an emergency, but I don’t think I realized how much it would impact me mentally. I didn’t know I would crave the security and reassurance that my family offers when the world seems to be upside down, and that’s why I’m writing this Henry Hype about it.

It's a difficult time for various reasons, but I want to implore each and every one of the Nouvelle’s readers to look on the bright side. Think of this time in isolation and quarantine as a positive if you’re with your family because this is something that might not happen again (hopefully).

When would you have the chance to be with your siblings, parents, or significant other for two weeks with limited distractions? Even if they’re driving you up the wall, remember that you love them and you wouldn’t want to be with anyone else.

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle