“Graduation is canceled, we can’t fly home to visit family in Texas, and no, school won’t be in person this year.” I say this fast to my teenage daughter, bracing myself for her reaction. She shrugs her shoulders, a resignation settling into her arms and legs, as she walks away and her bedroom door slams.
I understand her anger and melancholy. We are practicing a different vocabulary in 2020, with words such as social distancing, pandemic, masks and covid-19 — terms that may have sounded dystopian before this year. The jerky roller-coaster ride has meant making cancellations, juggling multiple roles and sacrificing normalcy.
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