Smiling in self-isolation, capturing life during a pandemic
By Sue Tiffin
A picture is worth a thousand words, and the Thorn family has had a little fun with that concept, posing in photos that depict life at home during a pandemic.
The Algonquin Highlands-based family of four – Adam, Cassie, Hayden and Fallon – began participating in an online selfie photo challenge on April 2 that ended last week as shelter in place restrictions around the province began being lifted and people started heading back to work.
“It was a game set up between our camping friends called the COVID Proof of Life,” said Cassie. “It was kind of a fun way for everyone – they are spread all over southern Ontario, we are the furthest north – to keep in touch daily while most were working from home or laid off.”
Each family was required to take a selfie fitting a different theme related to staying home during the provincial lockdown on a daily basis to check in with each other online despite having to be apart.
“We usually get together with them every long weekend or once a month and with COVID-19, it was very difficult obviously to do this so we set up a fun easy way to stay in contact and have fun with it,” said Cassie. “...As it started going on everyone got a little more creative and a little sillier. It has been a lot of fun to do and the kids have really enjoyed coming up with ideas.”
Each family member has a different favourite photo – Cassie likes the family spa day photo, because of Beretta the dog’s appearance, the kids enjoyed the one in which they had their parents tied up – and Cassie said there was sometimes a lot of laughter in getting the perfect picture. She hopes to have a book made with everyone’s photos as a memory of this time.