COVID-19: A stranger's generosity meant I didn't have to choose between food and rent

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COVID-19: A stranger's generosity meant I didn't have to choose between food and rent

I sat on the edge of our still disassembled bed, my head in my hands.“We’re broke,” I said to my wife. “At least, we will be.”I felt helpless. I co

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I sat on the edge of our still disassembled bed, my head in my hands.

“We’re broke,” I said to my wife. “At least, we will be.”

I felt helpless. I could see the cliff coming, but my car had no brakes.

At the end of February 2020, our family of five moved from the condo we’d been renting in Toronto. The owner had decided to sell. We’d just had our third child, so we chose to see it as an opportunity. We could get a larger place for cheaper if we moved out of the city. Our kids could finally have a back yard.

My wife was still on maternity leave from her teaching job, so we reasoned that she would have time to get settled and transfer into the new school district before September. I had been working largely from home anyway, writing my first book. I’d left an executive position with a large mental health organization in 2017, when I got the book deal, and since then I’d built a modestly successful business as a media consultant and speaker on mental health.



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