I never knew breathing was a privilege.
I never truly gave breathing much thought outside of a strenuous workout or when I cry too hard and can’t catch my breath. I never thought that during a regular errand that the right to air, the right to allow my lungs to fill up with air, could be taken from me. I was so naïve to my fellow Americans’ plight.
I long ago came to terms with my own privilege. …
My extroverted son is slowly suffocating during this Covid-19 lockdown. To say he misses his social life would be an understatement. I am worried about the impact this is having on his emotional well being. And to be honest, I have no idea what to do about it.
We are doing all the things we are told to do. My son attends his class Zoom “Playdates” that I have taken on planning and scheduling for his sake. …
To my former friends Comparison & Insecurity:
I want to inform you that you are officially uninvited to my life.
You see, before I had children, I had so many ideas of what it would be like to be pregnant and to be a parent. To watch my children grow and the fantasies that bounded through my head were endless. Everything was always light, bright, and beautiful. What I did not expect was the two of you lurking in the dark waiting to enter my world.
As my children have reached toddlerhood and preschool age, you have only made your presence more pronounced. I work hard to ignore you. Good days help. But you always come rushing back in like that obnoxious 40-year-old former frat guy wants to make every party a toga party. …