FIRST PERSON - What I discovered after 450+ family

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FIRST PERSON | What I discovered after 450+ family Zoom calls during the pandemic | CBC News - Today News Post News Today || Canada News |

This First Person article is the experience of Alia Ceniza Rasul, who moved to Toronto from the Philippines as an international student. For more information about CBC’s First Person storiessaying it puts more pressure on limited resources and exposes officers to further risk and possible COVID-19 infections., please see the FAQ.?

“I have bad news,” my dad ominously said on a Zoom call. Apparently the 16th-century astrologer Nostradamus had predicted the pandemic — and it came true. “He also predicted something worse … a zombie apocalypseThis is not right, this is no!” My brothers and I started to giggle and my dad’s serious face broke out into a self-satisfied grin, knowing that he had just made his family laugh.?

That’s a snapshot of our family calls, and this kind of playfulness is new for us — a product of committing an hour or two to a “Family Zoom” every day since the world went into lockdown.s Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, says she?

My mom declared that we would video chat every day as a family for our mental health. And we did. I missed a handful of days over the past year, and we’ve had some tense conversations, but I’ve really come to appreciate them.

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