I remember driving somewhere around early spring and hearing on CBC radio news that the World Health Organization had just declared coronavirus to be a global pandemic. Since this is a day that will go down in history, I could easily establish via Uncle Google that this was on March 11, otherwise I would have had no idea exactly when this happened, except “a few months ago”.
What I do remember was the news going in one ear and out the other, news of no particular significance. The significance dawned on me in quick stages, beginning with the now-famous shortages and ending up where we are today. I remember my first trip to the liquor store during this period, wondering why the hell all these people were milling around the entrance and getting in my way when I just wanted to pick up a few things. Well, they weren’t milling around, it was my first encounter with a COVID-related lineup. And so it has gone ever since, with many shortages long since resolved and many services getting better and easier to access, but it really is odd to think that many of us never realized how big a deal this was going to be until it was right upon us.