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Canadian mom creates COVID-19 Time Capsule workbook

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A Medicine Hat mom has created a special COVID-19 workbook in hopes of remembering the unprecedented times. – Apr 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is often described as unprecedented, and one Canadian mom is making sure that feeling is never forgotten.

Before the pandemic becomes part of a history textbook, Natalie Long, a freelance graphic designer from Medicine Hat, Alta., has created a keepsake: a COVID-19 time capsule.

The 10-page workbook was originally made for her two children, but after sharing the document online, thousands of people across Canada became interested.

A COVID-19 pandemic time capsule workbook from Natalie Long of LONG Creations. Global News

“I woke up the next day with thousands of messages because I posted it to Dropbox, and it crashed from the amount of people who tried downloading it overnight,” Long said.

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Long calls the workbook the COVID-19 Time Capsule, filled with writing prompts that people can use to fill in their memories and keep for years to come.

While the project was originally made as a fun activity while their family is socially distancing at home, she also realized it serves as a tool to start conversations about mental health.

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“It’s something that I wanted to do for her [my daughter] to help process how she’s feeling and how she’s dealing with this all. To try to explain things and have a conversation and talk more about what’s going on around us,” Long said.

The workbook includes pages like “A letter to your future self” and “How I celebrated holidays differently.” Long originally created the booklet for children, but after many requests, she created an adult version as well.

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She also created separate booklets with different themes, including one for teachers and one for first-time parents.

Long’s COVID-19 Time Capsule booklet can be downloaded for free on the website LetsEmbark.ca.

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