Article by Kate Robertson, Growth Op
When Kieley Beaudry needs to take a call for work or attend a Zoom meeting, she has a few different strategies for keeping her three young home-bound children occupied: Food, screen-time, or an activity like LEGO or going outside to play.
She recalls one recent meeting that didn’t quite go as planned. “I’d set up screen-time,” the 38-year-old CEO of Parkland Craft and president of the Alberta Cannabis Micro Licence Association explains on the phone from Edmonton. “They had a movie, they had food.”
Her eight-year-old, Nina, and five-year-old, Stanley, are usually pretty good on their own for a short period. But Burton, who is four, has an incredible amount of curiosity, she says — so much so, that he’s been known to go too far while testing his limits.
But she thought nothing of it when the kids abandoned the screen and headed to the garage. That’s where their bikes are, and they’re allowed to play outside. When Beaudry finished her meeting, she followed them out to see what they were up to.
That’s when she saw it: A smashed pile of 24 eggs, taken from the second fridge in the garage. “He smashed every single one of them in my driveway,” she says. “All 24. There wasn’t a one left.”
“We have to learn how to react to things that you can’t control,” Beaudry says. “This is completely out of our control. So a lot of us are feeling so much guilt right now: We feel guilty that we’re not working enough; We feel guilty because our kids are suffering; We feel guilty because our kids can’t go see their friends or have birthday parties. But you can’t control those things, right? And none of us have ever dealt with this before.”
Safe, subtle and smoke-free
Toronto editor Devon Scoble was laid off from her job at a cannabis website about a week into lockdown, and so the daytime homeschooling and care of her seven-year-old son Theo has largely fallen to her.
She suffered a concussion in January, so she’s been unable to drink alcohol since then, and even though her 1000-square-foot condo has a little balcony, she decided to go smoke-free to maintain optimal lung health as a precaution against COVID-19.
Her decompressing solution? Edibles — specifically, the new cannabis-infused drinks.
She divides one sachet of TGOD powder into two to four doses, dissolved into de-alcoholized wine, or she’ll have one of Tweed’s Houndstooth & Sodas when her son’s still awake in the evening, and then another after he’s gone to bed. And while they’ve helped a lot, she concedes it’s not exactly “recreational” — as in, fun. She sees it more as medicinal or therapeutic — cannabis is just not the same without friends, adventures and a care-free attitude.
“One of the things I love most about weed is how it can instantly create a new perceptual reality,” she writes in an email. “My favourite is to smoke a joint outside with a friend or two and go for a long wander, but spending time with friends is not an option these days, and I’m not comfortable inhaling smoke right now. Sometimes I vaporize at home without any clear medical intention, but it doesn’t feel that recreational either. It’s not much of an adventure when I always know what’s around the corner (my son’s room, my bedroom, the bathroom).”
Stockpiling for the future
“Trying to work while having your kid full-time is deranged and an impossible scenario,” says Amil Niazi, a Toronto-based writer who is due to have a baby three weeks from now.
She’s abstaining from cannabis and alcohol until after she delivers her second child. But gestational diabetes threw another complicating factor into the mix: She can’t indulge in a lot of carbs, sugar or the types of foods that can bring a shred of joy and comfort through pregnancy and a pandemic.
She goes out sometimes, but it’s not relaxing at eight-and-a-half months pregnant: “I’m tired, I’m achy, and I have to pee all of the time.”
Thankfully, she and her husband share the care of their two-year-old and live-in family helps out, too — which gives Niazi time to fantasize about what would feel good and start stashing away treats to celebrate with after delivering the baby: wine, mezcal, a wide array of Bulk Barn snacks and cannabis edibles.
“It’s a bit psychotic, like a way of exerting control in these out-of-control situations — hoarding snacks and then not eating them,” she says.