Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread and Links

Happy Friday! Are you feeling a touch of spring in the air where you live? We had some sunny days and warmer temps here in NYC and it got me excited for April. Yesterday Joanie and I went for a long walk, searching for Hamantaschen (cookies to celebrate the Jewish holiday, Purim), and stopping in a store to shop for a gift for a friend’s 5th birthday next week. It felt really nice to do something so perfectly normal. I don’t think I’ve been in a store with Joanie in over a year. She’s a much more thoughtful shopper at 5-1/2 than she was at 4-1/2, and I’m feeling hopeful for a summer in which she – and Jackson – can hopefully enjoy being kids, doing most of the things kids do in the summer (except probably still with masks on). Anyway, the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be closer, is what I’m saying, and that’s such a relief.

Here are a few links you might appreciate:

If you missed the annual DW holiday book drive this past year, I’ve got something I think you’ll like. Ms. Hurney, a DW reader who has partnered with us in past book drives, is heading back into the classroom next week after high Covid rates forced her district to close school buildings for a couple months. She is hoping to gift her returning 8th graders with new books for them to keep as well as to build their classroom library – something to welcome them back during what has been a hard time for all of us, but especially for kids in low-income areas who have suffered some of the worst of the pandemic. Here are her own words:

“I teach 8th grade in a district with 10% unemployment, in an under-funded school where 59% of my students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 70% qualify as having high needs, and 20% have a native language other than English. My Amazon wishlist is for books that each student selected as ones they’d love to have in our classroom library and to keep (if enough are purchased). Books will be dropped off to our fully-remote students. As we quickly approach a year of the pandemic and isolation, my students could really use the healthy practice of reading to de-stress and escape into the life of someone else for a while.” Her wishlist is here.

In addition, if you watch my Instagram stories regularly, you may have already seen the link I posted there to Ms. Hurney’s Donors Choose project in which she has requested funds to purchase n95 masks, individual hand sanitizers, hand soap, and communal supplies such as a classroom air purifier and cleaning supplies appropriate for technology. And, yes, America is a country where many teachers have to crowdsource – or pay out of their own pockets – for cleaning supplies during a pandemic. If you can and would like to help, Ms. Hurney’s Donors Choose project is here. Thank you so much!

People Are Sharing Things They Learned About Their Partner After Several Years, And Some Of These Are Actually Disturbing

Dating My Girlfriend Taught Me I Needed a New Language Around Love

Tavi Gavinson, founder of Rookie, shares a really smart, thoughtful perspective of the Times’ Britney Spears doc, weaving her own tale of a predatory relationship she was in as an 18-year-old dating a 30-year-old man (whom some figured out was Vampire Weekend’s frontman, Ezra Koenig): Britney Spears Was Never in Control Why did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?

Hopefully becoming more relevant to many of us in coming months: You Got the Vaccine! What Can You Do Now?

All My Friends’ Quarantine Bubbles Are Bursting

9 comments… add one
  • Luisa in Dallas February 26, 2021, 10:42 am

    I did miss participating in the DW Holiday Book Drive, so thanks for facilitating this! Two books just ordered.

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  • Sea Witch February 28, 2021, 6:13 pm

    Spring in the air? If only! We still have another 4 to 6 weeks before we see hints of it here on the prairies.

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  • Fyodor February 28, 2021, 8:11 pm

    It was in the 50s over the weekend! I feel like with the news of people getting vaccinated and the vaccination opening up to more people and the nice weather, we’re maybe coming out of this awful winter.

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    Copa March 1, 2021, 10:21 am

    Oh man. I’m over here lying to myself about spring. It’s been a sunnier winter than normal, but we had a ton of snow accumulation last month and cold temps and it really brought me down. But the past week or so it’s been hitting the 40s, and even 50 or so this weekend. We spent our first evening of the year on our rooftop watching the sunset on Saturday. So I’ve been telling myself spring is here even though I know this is “first spring.” There will probably be another cold snap, possibly even more snowfall. March is usually when we see sneak peaks of more forgiving weather around here, but it’s not consistently warm out until, like, June.

    My boyfriend and I went ice skating outdoors in Friday afternoon in downtown Chicago. I haven’t been downtown in almost a year. We lucked out with weather. The rink we went to I’ve tried to go in the past with no luck because of crowds, but this year they were requiring reservations for time slots to minimize crowds and it felt great to be out in the world again in a way that was fun and lower risk.

    For now, the better weather is helping me keep it together.

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    • ktfran March 1, 2021, 11:43 am

      The husband and I walked to the grocery store, per the usual, on Saturday morning. We both have to go because it’s too heavy for one person to carry home and we have a system (me – vegetables and cheese aisle / him – meat counter, fish counter and deli counter) so we’re in and out in 15 minutes, sometimes 20 depending on checkout lines. Anyway, a woman was out and about walking in platform sandals!!!!!!!!!!! There’s still messy snow. We had to laugh.

      I’m also under no illusion that this weather is hear to stay. I’d be shocked if we didn’t get another cold snap.

      Also, people were out in full force on Saturday. Foot and vehicle traffic was super heavy.

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      • Kate March 1, 2021, 12:30 pm

        In Massachusetts you start seeing people in flip-flops, shorts, and the unzipped winter jacket ?

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        Dear Wendy March 1, 2021, 1:24 pm

        My friend in Chicago called me Saturday to chit chat and while we were talking, his husband texted him that he was stuck in a lot of traffic after shopping at Whole Foods; apparently everyone in Chicago was out and about.

  • Helen March 1, 2021, 11:31 am

    I have a lot of issues with the South, but the weather is the best. In the 70’s all weekend. We’ll have a few cooler days in March, but I’m already pulling out the shorts & flip flops

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