Easter has always brought my family together. With new social distancing rules across Ontario caused by COVID-19, this year we had to adapt.

Chalk messages have been appearing on sidewalks across my neighbourhood in Etobicoke, Ontario. This one wishes passersby a Happy Easter. Others I’ve seen have included uplifting messages such as ‘Keep on smiling’ and ‘Celebrate the sun.’ [Photo @ Elyse Robinson]
After an early Easter dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, my household drove to Brampton to drop off leftovers to my grandmother and catch up on conversation (keeping a social distance of course). [Photo @ Elyse Robinson]
This is the first Easter my grandmother is spending without her husband, who passed away just over a year ago. After looking through some old wedding photos, she ran upstairs to get her wedding dress, which has been hanging in her closet for 58 years. [Photo @ Elyse Robinson]
Before heading home, we decided to make a quick stop at my aunt’s house (her driveway to be exact). Hanging in her front window are drawings made by my 8 year-old cousin Madison. The message reads, “Have a nice day, thank you to all the doctors and nurses.” [Photo @ Elyse Robinson]
After asking how Madison is liking online school, my mom offers to give her another assignment for them to do together over Facetime. This is her reaction. [Photo @ Elyse Robinson]
With the help of a long leash, we were finally able to meet their new puppy Jack who they adopted at the end of February. He is a 3 month-old Black Labrador and Bernese mix. Nothing lights up life in isolation quite like those eyes. [Photo @ Elyse Robinson]

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