Stan Kavalinas has been quarantined inside his assisted living complex for months. Thankfully, love has no bounds. At 91, Stan has learned to FaceTime with his granddaughter Kaitlin and her new baby, Ruth –– one of the newest members of St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy.
What challenges have you faced during Covid-19? The only big challenge is being locked in. You can’t leave the place. Before the flu hit I would go down to South Centre and Ricky’s for lunch. The provincial rules have tightened things up. We go outside in the yard, but we have to be six feet apart and everything has to come through the front door.
What blessings have you received during Covid-19?
It’s been pretty good. I’ve been doing alright. My family calls me. I’ve always been a guy who can put up with things, you can’t make your own rules. You go along with what the rules are and hopefully in a month or so this will be all over. I think the staff are doing a pretty good job.
It has shown us how lucky we are before the flu hit. I don’t know what the problem is. A lot of people are really sad. They just sit there and sit there. You’d figure the end of the world has come and maybe it has for them. But I don’t look at life that way. You make the best of it. If you have to tear something down, you tear it down. Never give up.
Physical-distance visit from granddaughter Kaitlin Richie & his new great-grandaughter, Ruth.