Why I’ll keep masking . . . for a little while, at least

Why I’ll keep masking . . . for a little while, at least

The CDC announced this week that vaccinated people no longer need to mask or social distance, and that's really exciting news. But last night, as I took my two teenagers to get their vaccines and left my disappointed on-the-cusp 11-year-old at home, it struck me that this new phase of the pandemic might be scientifically [...]

To the moms who held it all together this year

To the moms who held it all together this year

As the one year anniversary of the pandemic in America rolls by, I've been reflecting on the sweet summer child who really believed that if she did her duty and stayed home for two weeks during lockdown, life would “get back to normal.” Yes, this was me. I was so naive, as I think many [...]

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

I had mostly succeeded at scrubbing my vocabulary of curse words when my oldest child became sentient, but lately they've crept back into my head. And also my speech. Apparently dropping an F-bomb here or there releases endorphins, which is probably why these words keep rising to my lips unbidden. There is a serious lack [...]

A lament for spring

A lament for spring

My daughter sits in the backyard, digging through mud, her clothes stained with dirt and her face strained with focus. I reach for my phone and flick it on. Tap Instagram. An acquaintance is organizing her Tupperware to a Spotify playlist she made just for the quarantine.  I stand, stretching out the ache, and plod [...]

Daily quarantine thought: Missing your life

Daily quarantine thought: Missing your life

I keep thinking of this line from Spanglish. Yes, the 2004 Adam Sandler rom-com which netted only 53% on rotten tomatoes. That one. We've brought you Dorothy Sayers, C.S. Lewis, and now . . . Spanglish. Bear with me. Let’s be friends: Join our email list Mid-way through the film,Tea Leoni’s character cheats on her long-suffering [...]

Returning to “normal life” again will be a big adjustment too. Get ready for it.

Returning to “normal life” again will be a big adjustment too. Get ready for it.

Hey there, mama. You've been staying home with your kids for a long, hard couple months. You're exhausted and are looking forward to nothing more than a girls' night out in the post-quarantine world. Chips and salsa, sangria, and clothes that aren't yoga pants—if they still fit—are in our future soon. Mental note: I need [...]

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

This new way of living is hard. My body aches by the end of the day, and I wake up in the morning exhausted. We were already a homeschool family, so that hasn't changed for us. But my five-year-old with autism has lost all her therapeutic services that we rely on. Actually, that's not technically [...]