Later today, I will get on a Zoom call with family–parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. It’ll start with quick hellos. Everyone will talk at once and then go quiet until someone says, “let’s play something!” We won’t talk about how we’re feeling–some are lonely, some are overwhelmed. We all want to be in each other’s places. The lock-down is affecting some marriages, some of us feel like we’re failing spectacularly at parenting, some desperately want to be parents and some only wish for a day without pain.
But we won’t talk about any of that.
We will, instead, play charades and laugh.