It seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, just about three hours in, I’m cackling on my sofa with marker coating my hands. Coloring like a child was not on my agenda for today, but it’s probably the best thing I’ve done since I’ve woken up. Hunched over my coffee table and rooting around in a cup of colors is the most escape I’ve had in the months my apartment became the largest part of my world.

So exactly what am I doing? I’m participating in GISH (The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen), a competitive scavenger hunt taking place over the next week. In the Age of COVID, sequestered away from my friends and family, this team effort can seem like a source of unreasonable pain and suffering, but it’s not. I’ve found myself scrolling the list of tasks and tapping into creativity I’d locked away over the last few months and years. …


Athena Dixon

Author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman (Split/Lip Press 2020). Author of No God In This Room (Argus House Press 2018). Philadelphia.

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