They are fleeing the city: the plan of life of a family affected by the pandemic

Ils fuient la ville: le plan de vie d’une famille chamboulé par la pandémie

They had to pass their lives in Montreal, well installed in their duplex freshly renovated. But the pandemic has disrupted the plans of Caroline Grutman and Jérémy Nolet, who emménageront officially to the campaign this summer with their boy of two years old.

“My life at the moment is a transition,” lance says, laughing Caroline Grutman, who was preparing, with his family, to literally change your existence.

Five years ago, her husband and she bought a duplex in the Villeray area, they are pleased to renovate. “We thought to make our life there. It was thought to be there for 20, 25 years, raising our family in Montreal. There was not really a challenge”, remembers the young woman.

And then the little Zack arrived, two years ago. During her maternity leave, Caroline Grutman started to wonder about his mode of life, its consumption, its level of indebtedness, its environmental footprint. Quietly, the couple had the desire to get closer to nature, to simplicity, the decay.

“But the intention, this was not to make a move immediately. We said that it would be long before Zack starts school, so maybe in three years,” recalls Ms. Grutman.

The containment

But that’s it. The COVID-19’s arrival. And the containment. And the young woman became pregnant again. Immersed in teleworking, the lovers – who are working both in tv production – have decided to shelter in the cottage of the father of Caroline, in Dunham.

The little Zack was able to take advantage of the great outdoors. “Coming here, there is the lake, one goes into the forest, it is in the nature. The court’s duplex in Montréal, it is well, it has been arranged, but he can’t move as much,” says the young mother.

The pandemic, and the containment have prompted the young mother to want to be closer to nature, to Dunham.

In parallel, his spouse, who spent part of his childhood in Abitibi, was an ardent pleasure to be close to nature. To such a point where the longer the crisis is prolonged, the less the idea of going back to live in the city liked him.

“My father was a big land not very far away. During almost the whole of the first month, my boyfriend was going to the stake there, he worked with his hands. There it was, the life he wanted. I was over 70, 80 % of the journey in my decision. Our Montreal life suited me again,” pleaded the young mother.

The big jump

Over the weeks, however, the confinement that was prolonged, the benefits of teleworking and maternity leave in the autumn they soon represented a favourable moment for the couple, who has decided to get ahead of its projects. “The stars are lined up. It gave us the time we adapt to our new reality,” argues Ms. Grutman.

Zack, two years, already enjoyed the joys of the outdoors with his mom.

Everything was decided quickly : the family will be moving at the end of August in a house of “transition” in Dunham, in the vicinity of the earth of the father of Caroline. A portion of this land will then be acquired by the couple, which will be build during the next year a new residence.

The two professionals will retain their jobs in Montréal, but will continue to work from home. “It reassures me, because I still love Montreal. I will go one day a week and during filming, but the balance, I do telework”, illustrates it.

A sign that the transition is beginning, Zack has made its entry in a child care centre in the village. And the duplex in Montreal has been sold to mid-June, three days after having been posted.

“It’s still a little bit scary and all that, but it is exciting. It is necessary to trust in life. But I can’t wait to be home and look out and see the forest. Put on my snowshoes, or my cross-country skis to go on a trail”, concludes with optimism Caroline Grutman.

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