This month I’ve decided to write something that has nothing to do with the law. We are all suffering through the worst pandemic in memory, and I’m sure no one wants to read something that taxes the brain. With that in mind, I’d like to give you a list of things that I’m looking forward to after we defeat the Coronavirus.
- Shopping – While I never thought I would say this, I look forward to the day when we can go shopping even if it’s just to pass some time. It’s hard to believe but a trip to the local mall is actually therapeutic and I miss it.
- Travel – Let’s all look forward to planning future trips. It can be something as simple as a trip to cottage country for a day or two, but won’t it be magnificent? We live in one of the prettiest countries in the world and it’s all there waiting for us once the Government permits travel. Think about the diversity of our country which provides opportunities to travel to Banff, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Quebec City, Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, St. John’s, Old Montreal, or the excitement of downtown Toronto. Opportunities abound, so sit down with your family and plan something everyone can look forward to.
- Work – While the practice of law has been deemed essential, I’m sure we all look forward to the day when we don’t have to work off site. Truthfully, I miss the people I work with on a daily basis and no chat on Zoom can replace the face to face interaction with my colleagues.
- Social Interaction – I suspect that the thing that we all miss the most is the opportunity to socialize with our families. This has been very difficult for me because my parents are both in their 80’s and are in the high-risk category. With me heading to the office everyday, we’ve agreed that I won’t interact with them for fear that I may spread the virus. My parents have been such a large part of my life that it has been tremendously difficult to avoid seeing them. Considering that I drive right past their home on my way to work, you can understand why this has been so difficult. It gives me great comfort to know that once the virus passes, we will get together to celebrate missed birthdays, anniversaries and other family functions.
- Golf – Anyone who knows me will quickly acknowledge that I’m a golf nut. In addition to playing the game (some would say very poorly), I currently serve as President of the Burlington Golf and Country Club. While I desperately want to get out on the links, I will be ecstatic when the club opens. This year we’ve enjoyed one of the mildest winters and the course was ready to for play in the first week of April. To have the Government declare golf as non-essential, was a real kick to the gut. Hopefully it won’t be long before the Government changes its mind and allows us back out on the course. In my opinion, golf is one of the few games that allows for social distancing and the fact that golfers in Florida are still playing speaks volumes about the opportunities that are being missed.
- Canadian Football League – While we live in a country where hockey seems to be king, my true love at this time of year is Canadian Football. With training camps cancelled and portions of the CFL schedule already cancelled, it will be an interesting summer. As a lifelong Tiger Cat fan, I can’t wait to watch a game at Tim Horton’s Field on a chilly fall day. Nothing is more Canadian than the Grey Cup as it really is our national championship. Each year we are guaranteed to have an East versus West final and the whole country gathers around the TV regardless of who is playing. Hopefully, with any luck, we will be back watching the big game in November and thanking our lucky stars that we live in the greatest country in the world.
Thanks for taking the time to read my wish list post Coronavirus. As I sit back, it makes me reflect on how lucky we are to be in Canada, and the great things that lie ahead. Please stay safe and think positive thoughts about the future.