COVID-19: Parksville woman gets welcome surprise from her grandchildren

Susan Bernard may not be able to actually spend time with her family, but she can still feel their love.

That’s because her grandchildren and their parents visited her Parksville block from Nanaimo and left chalk messages on the pavement for her and her neighbours. She’s been in her home and hasn’t been able to see her grandchildren due to COVID-19 concerns.

Words of encouragement like “virtual hug” and “we miss you mamie” now run up and down her block.

“I told them, ‘you made my day and more than one, so I can hold this in my heart for a few more days,’ until we connect again,” she said.

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Bernard and her neighbours have been going out to make noise for health care workers, and she said it’s been a treat for other people in her neighbourhood to see the chalk art in front of their house.

“At least there’s a routine, that every day we can see our neighbours,” she said.

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