These really are extra-ordinary times. The closest anyone alive has been to what we are going through today are the two or three days right after the 9/11/2001 attacks and perhaps the days right after President Kennedy was murdered. But even they were not nearly as much of an interruption to daily life as the Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be.
As we live through self-quarantine and social distancing, it is difficult to recognize that future generations might be interested in knowing what it was like, in 2020, for a family member or friend to have gone through a pandemic when much of the world was on simultaneous lock-down.
To capture this experience in real-time, Natalie Long of Long Creations developed a Covid-19 Time Capsule coloring book-style journal that is easy to use and fun to fill out. It can be used to record some of the mundane and not so mundane things happening now. There are 10 pages each with titles such as “All About Me”, “How I am Feeling”, “My Community”, “What I am Doing at Home?”, etc. Fill out the pages that appeal to you and feel free to add your own. Also, note that there is a version for adults and another for children.
When life resumes its new normal, tuck the Covid-19 document away on a shelf where it will be forgotten temporarily but rediscovered later. Use it then to refresh your memories of these days and to provide an interesting topic of discussion around the dinner table. Perhaps it would be shared then with children who were born after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here’s the link to the document: https://letsembark.ca/time-capsule
When we can get together again safely, we could gather and share our journals with each other. Now that is something to look forward to.