March 26, 2020
When I was much younger, at this time of year when the NHL playoffs were gearing up, my neighbor and I would pin up our hockey jerseys in our living room windows after a victory for all to see. It was a competitive thing and I really wanted to pin up my Habs jersey to let my neighbor know which team had won the night before. It was fun and we both got into it, as we were passionate fans back in the day. While I dreaded to see his Bruins jersey in the window, we were both clearly spreading a message of hope. Hope for our team to win the Cup.
Today, with COVID-19 worries, the NHL playoffs will most probably not take place this year, but we can still pin up messages of hope in our windows. In New Brunswick, there is a movement called "NB we will be OK," that is quickly spreading across the province.
The family of 9-year old Talia Michaud of Dieppe, NB, has started a Facebook group to get children who are staying at home to draw rainbows and pin them up on their windows for all to see. The group is not even one week old and there are already over 10,000 members, and growing.
Rainbows are popping up all over the country and the world. Two weeks ago, colorful rainbows began showing up on city streets in Italy – one of the hardest hit regions in the world. There are even hearts and rainbows showing up in Nova Scotia neighborhoods, but it is really exploding in New Brunswick. Even more so now that pictures are being posted online with the Facebook group.
It's a great thing for kids (and parents) to be sending out positive messages of hope. The drawings, paintings, sculptures and digital arts of rainbows give students a project to work on as they self-isolate at home. Those who are home from school and work (all of us except essential services, right?) can be given an emotional lift when out for a walk to see all the rainbows in our neighborhood windows. Even the Avenir Centre in Moncton, NB is getting in on the action lighting up the structure in rainbow lights.
You really shouldn't visit your neighbors, but you can post a message of hope in your window for them to see and hopefully lift their spirits. Don't worry NB – we will be OK!