March Madness games never saw a jump ball

World Championship dancers never got to dance at all

Provincial contests and trips cancelled 

Along with every prom and grad

Countless heartbreaks and setbacks 

And many reasons to be sad

No wedding bliss and no comfort at the grave

As we all isolate with hope for each life we can save

The unknown is frightening

And when the enemy is hidden

We question every cough 

And pray for those who are bedridden

We learned to flex our job and also flex our mind

We looked for silver linings in whatever we might find

The government offered support 

As workplaces closed down

While empty streets and squares 

Echoed in every single town

We saw extraordinary heroes 

In hospitals and grocery stores

We understood the word essential 

And will know it evermore

The uncertainty is scary,

The breaking news unending

So let’s try to be mindful of the message that we’re sending

We can’t control what others think, what others do or say

We can’t control the things that will go wrong throughout our day

But we can control our actions, what we say and what we do

We can be helpful and be grateful, 

And share heart-warming tales too

We don’t know when the story’s ending 

Or what our new normal will be

But we can smile in any moment 

And know perspective is the key

Stay connected while apart, 

Offer to help if you are able

Reach out to those who struggle, 

Give thanks for loved ones at your table

Nothing is ever certain 

And we’ll have moments of sorrow

But one thing we can be sure of 

Is that the sun will rise tomorrow.

Written by Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

April 10, 2020


  • Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

    Mother-of-three. Freelance writer. Author. #HuffPost blogger. Believer in dreams.

    Siobhan Kukolic is a storyteller at heart. She writes to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see. She recently published her first book, available on Amazon and Indigo. The Treasure You Seek is about following your heart, believing in yourself beyond reason, embracing failure and knowing that you are enough. It includes inspirational stories about famous failures, cultural icons, world leaders and regular folks like you and me. The goal is to remind us that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see. A perfect read for graduates from elementary school through university, people starting their career, changing jobs or retiring, friends going through a medical crisis, new parents, empty nesters and anyone who wants to be inspired. She started her career as a copywriter working on campaigns for organizations including Esso, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Grand & Toy, Labatt, and SC Johnson. While raising her kids, she volunteered as co-chair of her school council for seven years, helped get eight 20-foot maples donated for an eco-classroom and co-ordinated the building of a school peace garden with 115 donated trees and shrubs for Earth Day. She co-founded a not-for-profit movement called Blueberry Shark, named after a healthy fruit and the only animal that doesn't get cancer, with a mission to create the healthiest kids in the world. By providing a voice for those who didn't have one, she rallied enough media attention to help crowd-fund $105,000 in two weeks to pay for an unfunded drug for a mother of two dying of stage-four brain cancer. She also used media attention to nudge the government to change drug coverage policy right before an election and get a $360,000 a year drug covered for a 12-year-old cystic fibrosis patient. Her letters to the editor are frequently published in the National Post and she has represented her neighbourhood by making deputations at city council and the school board. She spends her time blogging, speaking to students and corporations about grit, and juggling the schedules of her three kids as they follow their dreams in competitive Irish dance and ice hockey.