A Bit of Relief

After I wrote last week about how much we are struggling right now, my mom emailed and offered to come and stay with us.

We have followed every single guideline around social distancing, travel, and being around people not outside the household. We haven’t seen family in person since Christmas of 2019. But my mom has received both doses of her Covid vaccine and is incredibly careful.

My response was “How quickly can you get here?”

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The Person I Can No Longer Be

We are now 11 months into this pandemic’s direct impact on our daily life. I told my 11-year-old the other day that we are “living history” right now. Some day, entire textbooks and documentaries will be produced about the year 2020 and beyond. I compared it to how World Wars I and II stretched on for years, with no particular end in sight at the time.

As if “living history” is supposed to be some sort of consolation for the havoc this pandemic has wreaked on our lives.

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A New Chapter

On February 12th, 2001, Ger and I got engaged.

On February 12th, 2016, we learned that Iris had no heartbeat at 16 weeks, 1 day.

And on February 12th, 2021, I had my last day at a job I have been at for 15 years.

So the day seems to have been marked as one of “life-altering events” in my life.

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History Has Its Eyes On Us

I have had a huge sense of relief since January 20th, 2021. I felt like I let go of a breath that I have been holding for four years.

I made my two older kids watch the inauguration with me. Any politics aside, there was no denying the significance of the day. I cried buckets as I watched Kamala Harris, the first woman – and also a woman of color – be sworn in was an emotional moment. As she said in her speech when the results of the November election became clear, “I am the first woman to hold this office, but I will not be the last.”

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