"Call them and tell them you love them."

Today the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was thinking about seniors. In particular his father in law whose birthday it is today. He is 77 and undergoing treatment for cancer.

Trudeau gives a live update on Covid 19 every day at 11:15 am. He stands in front of his house, as he is in quarantine due to his wife having tested positive for the virus, after returning from a conference abroad. He asked Canadians to think about the seniors in their lives and “call them and tell them you love them.”

That is our Prime Minister! He reassures Canadians every day. Every Day! Last week he said: “Canadians abroad, it is time to come home.” Time to come home. What a Canadian way to put it. Polite. Calm. That was when my husband and I decided we needed to start the trip home. I had already booked for Biasini to ship home but then another spanner hit the works. Our home province, Ontario, declared a State of Emergency. This has unexpected consequences for all riding establishments in the Province. They were required to close to the public and only staff were allowed in to look after the horses. This meant that when Biasini arrived home I would not be able to be there to hand walk him and make sure he was drinking and adjusting to the huge change in temperature. Two years ago he arrived and there was too much ice for the horses to be turned out and in two days he developed an impaction colic and had to go the large animal hospital in Guelph. I did not want that to happen again and for me not to be able to be there. As all residents returning to Ontario are required to quarantine for 14 days. I would not be able to go to him at all. I made the decision to leave him in Florida where he can be ridden by Coach Lou and be out in the sunshine in his paddock.

My husband David and I started for home last Friday. The initial part of the trip the roads were crammed with cars , license plates from New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Quebec as well as Ontario. It was a mass exodus. We spent our first night in Columbia SC. David took our little dog June for a walk while I sprayed and sanitized every surface, knob, handle, and arm rest in the hotel room. We had brought all our food for the trip so we had dinner and a good nights sleep.

Next day we continued to Pittsburgh. Our third and final day on the road we found the highways deserted.

When we arrived at the Canadian Border I was shocked. Usually you can expect a delay of half an hour to an hour due to the volume of traffic. But …this time…..it was abandoned. Presumably other Ontarians had heeded the Prime Ministers requests faster than we did and now the border is closed to all but returning Canadians and transports.

This morning I woke up to this outside the bedroom window.

Well that’s Canada! At 11:15 I tuned in to Prime Minister Trudeau’s daily communication. He spoke in English and French with a prepared statement and then took questions from the media in French and English. At the end of his prepared statement he told us he was thinking about Seniors . ” Call them and tell them you love them”. Could there be a more important message in this time of Covid crisis? I don’ t think so.

Only a week ago I was in Florida. Things can change so quickly.

Stay well! Be safe! Don’t be a Covidiot! Do all the physical distancing and hand washing and tell the people,who matter to you, that you love them.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Glad to hear you arrived home safely, and that Covid is managed so well in Canada.
    Hadn’t heard the term Covidiots before, but it’s a good description of what some people do.
    Stay safe, and I am sure Biasini will be well taken care of.

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  2. I want to be with my father as shutdowns everywhere makes him to feel lonely, but I can’t go. Worried about this situation. I sincerely hope soon everything will come back normal. 🙏🏻

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I feel the same. Our son is in London England and our daughter is two hours away here in Canada. But we can at least do video calls with them. This is a very dire situation all over the world. Stay safe and be well Subbashini.

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  3. You have reminded him us all that love is a form of unity. Thank you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. Stay well.

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  4. melissabluefineart says:

    Beautifully said.

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  5. dprastka says:

    I can’t help myself, Love to you Anne and your husband and dear Biasini! I think you made the right decision as he’ll be fine in Florida and is in good hands. So so smart!!!! Stay safe and praying for everyone and hope this all passes fast. (It’s probably not going to, but I will still pray for that.) HUGS ❣️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana for.these kind wishes. I will add you and your family and four leggeds to my nightly prayer wheel.💕🙏

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      1. dprastka says:

        Thank you for that Anne! 🙏❤️

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  6. Great reminder to us all, Anne. Glad you made it home safely. Take care.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Irene. It certainly resonated with me when the PM said it .

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  7. Read with interest…we are in touch with loved one’s TG

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  8. Emma Cownie says:

    Yes, how fast things are changing. That must have been a tough decision to leave Biasini behind in Florida (not so tough for him in the sunshine) but at least you had little June with you for company. Time to hunker down and stay in doors!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will bring Biasini home in April. I am concerned that with the craziness in the US that States may close borders and that might make transport difficult. But I think the barns here will still be closed to anyone other than staff. But at least it will be a bit more moderate weatherwise in April.

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        I am glad to hear it, that’s not too long. It would be nice to knowhe’s near by even if you cannot to visit him for a while.

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  9. sandomina says:

    How are you people doing? I hope, all my blogger friends are doing fine and helping out the people in need.

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  10. sandyjwhite says:

    I was wondering if you might head home early. Glad you are safely there!
    Take care.

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  11. Lignum Draco says:

    Yes, it’s a distressing time for everyone with many losing jobs in food, travel and hospitality, and the well publicised supermarket situation. I’m glad you made it home and you made the right decision for Biasini.

    Trudeau sounds like a real leader. You’re lucky! There was a news article recently advising Australians to consider their end-of-life plans.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      End of life plans? Well I am ot ready to go there. Stay well my friend!

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  12. Wonderful post with great advice.
    Be safe.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You be safe and stay healthy too!

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  13. I emailed my daughter and said I would phone tomorrow.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Good idea! They are in lockdown there now. Our son told us this afternoon
      Hes been waiting for it for over a week. He lives in London.

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      1. We chatted today, and they can food shop, exercise (walking for her) and urgent appointments.

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  14. Anne – Glad you got home safely, and Biasini is obviously in good hands.
    Kind of spooky to see the highway and border crossing vacant, like a scary sci-fi movie.
    I’d already booked to fly into Toronto, to meet up with family in April, and haven’t cancelled yet, but it’s not looking good, is it. The Stratford Festival already cancelled and refunded all our tickets. Your P.M. has handled things nicely, wish I could say the say about leadership here. Best wishes for good health, RPT

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Toronto has just called a State of Emergency and Ontario is now only essential businesses open as of tomorrow midnight. This will be for at least 3 weeks. Are you Canadian? If you are not you would not be allowed in anyway coming from the US. It is returning Canadians and Canadian residents only. Sad but for the best until we can get the brakes onto the spread of this virus.

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  15. Kelly MacKay says:

    Great post. I too have been impressed with Our PM. Glad you came home. Be well

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Best wishes to you too . Stay well and be safe

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    2. Glad you had a safe journey back home Anne, stay safe and well 💜 xxx

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Thank you dear Xenia and the same wish for good health to you.

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        1. Thank you Anne 💗 xxx

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  16. Vicky Earle says:

    Glad you’re back safely.
    Take care of yourselves.

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