Self-Validation. Corona Style.

The best thing you can do is master the chaos in you. You are not thrown into the fire, you are the fire.

Mama Indigo

5 MONTHS ON THE ALIEN PLANET.

5 months since DC schools shut their doors on March 13. 5 Months since Corona turned the U.S. upside down.

Can you believe it?

I can’t.

Part of me feels like I’ve been cheated of half a year of my life–it can’t be August, yet–I didn’t get to properly finish my school year off with my 4th grade kiddos (The Zoom date goodbye party didn’t feel official enough). I haven’t been to my grad school campus since March (I miss you, Foggy Bottom!). I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting my neighborhood pool at all this summer (Maybe next year, Banneker???). I haven’t nursed a latte at local coffee shop whilst doing homework in months. And visits to the grocery store now include 5 minutes of nearly non-stop hyperventilation as I dutifully, though not happily, cover my face (because, yes, mask anxiety is still real) What is this? What a crap year of missed opportunities and anxiety inducing safety measures. THANKS CORONA.

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