When There Isn’t Space

When there was something and suddenly isn’t,
an absence shouts, celebrates, and leaves a space.

-Naomi Shihab Nye, “Burning the Old Year”

In the category of “there are no good options,” we decided to only send Autumn to preschool for half days. By doing this, we can pick her up before lunchtime so she doesn’t have to remove her mask at all while she’s there.

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To My Past Self

I’m trying to envision that it is 2027 — five years from now.

There is no longer a global pandemic dominating our lives. I’m sure Covid is still around, but it has become endemic. Maybe we still wear masks in crowded places. Maybe we’re still getting vaccine boosters every six months. But our world has resumed some semblance of “Before” though we can never really go back to pre-pandemic life.

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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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