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Cactus flower, 2019

Heather Dinas

Living Memory Finalist

During isolation the world stopped and took a breath. After the initial shock and fear dissipated, we were left to find a new rhythm. Time slowed to a quiet hum. As the amenities were all closed, my three-year-old daughter and I wandered through the neighbourhood streets. She drew us into the present moment, to pause and revel. Her joy and up-close enthusiasm created bridges of connection. Passing strangers would stop and talk rather than walk on by. The serendipity of these meetings made us feel welcomed, and enhanced our sense of community.

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