But they did inform me that I was not to leave the property of the house where I am staying for fourteen days, and that the fine for breaking the commitment had increased from $750,000 to $1,00,000. When I asked why the fine went up, the border guard said that it was "to put fear into people for compliance." I told her that I was afraid at $750,000!
The fellowship of family is a wonderful thing. I have had such a blessed week with my mom and my aunt. I haven't left the house but I haven't felt the need to either. I have an office to work in, coffee breaks with my mom and my aunt, and evenings full of rich conversation. [My aunt is very much like me - not very good at chit-chat, so we get to deep, deep topics almost immediately together!] I think that being in my 50s brings a different level of understanding of these important relationships that earlier decades see in a different light. So I am learning, listening, laughing, and loving!
At the same time, the COVID numbers continue to go up for Faith Manor in Holland Christian Homes in Brampton, where my father is living. We had a Zoom call with him on Tuesday, which his nurse Marlene facilitated. He had no idea that we were there on the Zoom call but it was good to see him for a few minutes. We are thankful that he is not aware of the pandemic at all nor is he in any discomfort. The staff, however, are very aware and asked for prayer as many are afraid.
Here is a picture from that Zoom call. My sister Liz is on the top left, then my mom and I on the top right, and my dad is below. It looks like he is smiling (which would show recognition of us being there) but alas he is in fact grimacing as he itched his leg. But it looks like a smile!