AUDIO | Susan Vukadinovic is a writer, a project consultant, a facilitator, and a community volunteer. Susan lives in Calgary, Alberta…where, over the past summer, her children experienced unexpected freedoms not unlike those that kids in the 80s, 70s, or 60s might have. Susan wrote a story about this unusual summer of 2020 called The seven little words I’ve been waiting my whole motherhood to say and it was published by The Globe and Mail as part of its First Person series.

“If you’re over 60, you may not be aware that children no longer run around carefree in their neighbourhoods without direct adult supervision. If you’re under 30, you may be equally shocked to learn that this used to be a thing. Children would run off with their friends, nary to be seen until suppertime. This isn’t just a fantasy from movies and Little House on the Prairie storybooks. It actually happened. In real life.”  — excerpt from The seven little words I’ve been waiting my whole motherhood to say by Susan Vukadinovic

Susan Vukadinovic reads her story about how the pandemic summer was like no other for the children of 2020 and shared her thoughts about what it was like to be a parent during that summer, on People First Radio.

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Images: (top) Susan Vukadinovic (provided); (above) iStock