No. 4 The Quarantine Chronicles
"Scars do Not Define You" By Josephine Renn
Above: Photo by Leigha Plugge
With approximately 171,476 words in the English language, one would assume it would be easy to find a way to describe the COVID-19 pandemic: Solitary, peaceful, sleepy-- the choices are endless. In contrast, most of us find ourselves at a loss for words. How can someone wrap up the feelings of grief, fear, struggle, and a million others into one neat, bow-topped box? Conversely, what about the individuals who are finding strength, healing, and gratitude?
So COATA asked a question. We wanted to know three words our followers would use to describe quarantine; with the intent to paint a blanket of individual narratives, interwoven through similarities and solidarity. The responses were diverse and thought-provoking, the fabric embedded with beautiful and wise words, and we thank all of those who participated for your contribution. These three-word statements are a reminder of our humanity, our strength, and our unity.
Keep quarantining, wash your hands, and wear a mask. And finally,
remember to tell someone you love them today.