Pandemic Progress


I haven’t thought about back-to-school for elementary and secondary students for awhile. Rebecca, our youngest child, graduated from Grade 12 in 2016 . Here’s a post from 2014 in which I mention the four of them

But this year, the Year of the Pandemic, back-to-school for children and teenagers is on all of our minds…another example of the many unusual side effects of a pandemic.
Another blast to the past happened this past Saturday when Andrea, PGB’s Head Baker, texted that a corporate customer had placed a 50 dozen order for Classic size cupcakes, a Big Order.
Andrea last texted me the news of a Big Order back in 2011, but I’m so glad she did: ever since we reopened in June, we have been waiting for orders like that to come back.
We exchanged a few more texts about how she would be getting out her calculator and making her indecipherable notes about the number of batches required of each flavour, the timing, and scheduling. It felt like Retro PGB.

The first time I saw Andrea on Monday was around 11 am.
“How did it go?!”, I asked, still pretty pumped about the Big Order.
“How did what go?”, she replied.
“The Big Order!”
“Oh that. Yeah. It went out a few hours ago. All good.”

We both laughed.
A little glimmer of before.
Progress, and I’ll take it.

About the author

Jean Blacklock

Jean opened the popular Prairie Girl Bakery in the financial district of Toronto in 2011. She owned and operated the business until it closed in 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s impact on downtown Toronto. Read more about her background in commerce, law, and entrepreneurship here.

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