WRITING LIFE: Writing Class Ruined Me for Social Reentry (in Hippocampus Magazine)

On Thursday, just after noon, I bike to Bagel Emporium. My kids are at home in their rooms, Zooming into class. Sebastian, who’s 12, may be playing Minecraft. Tashi, 17, is probably flipping through TikTok.

On my way in, I bump into three moms I know from when Tashi was in elementary school. One mom and I shared a carpool during middle school. Another’s daughter played on her basketball team. Those were active times.

The three women are eating outside, chatting. I stand there straddling my bike. The carpool mom asks, “How are you?”

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