Today's column is a series of mostly unconnected videos about life, people, the infamous and people who just choose to make us laugh. It is a column that consciously or unconsciously tries to avoid the pandemic of news alerts, the torrent of updates, and bullhorn warnings about life in Q1, 2020. It is a collection of videos that I suppose reflect my own reaction to being penned up, cloistered, cut off from social engagement and threatened with quarantine.
It is a column that mostly makes light of our situation and challenges the myth that this is the worst thing to ever happen. As my 96-year-old mother likes to tell me, 'I lived through the war, I have seen and heard this all before and lived through it'.
Today, against better judgement, I will take the TTC to visit her in her confined solitude, cook up a breakfast, converse with her and try to be strong as even she becomes increasingly concerned about her sons and daughters as the TV blasts out a punchbag of troubling stories about these dark months we live through as winter ebbs and the days grow longer and the sunshine brings life back to the frozen earth.
Maybe it is time for newscasts and media in general to take a pause and look on the bright side of life.