It’s still cold in NYC, but the sun is shining and we’ve had enough warm days that the snow has melted and the garbage has been collected off the streets. (I don’t understand why garbage collectors don’t pick up the garbage where there’s any snow on the ground, but they don’t and it gets really nasty. There were mornings last months with bags of garbage, recently brought out from inside warm homes, literally steamed in piles on the freezing streets.) Anyhoo, the sun is shining and each week the light at the end of this long tunnel seems a little closer. Despite the one-year anniversary of the pandemic looming next week, I’m feeling hopeful for what might be a really good summer (and maybe even a decent spring). How about you? How are you feeling?
And here are a few links that might interest you:
Fellow Gen-X’ers: who else watched the first episode of the The Real World reunion series last night? I watched with eager anticipation and had all the feels. The show premiered when I was 15 and I thought the idea of being 20, an artist, and living in an NYC loft was like the coolest thing ever. Now the show feels like such a time capsule of that era that sat right on the cusp of the digital age, before people became personal brands and everyone was suddenly reachable 24-7.
Who’s looking forward to watching Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan this weekend? I ordinarily don’t care about the royals, but I suspect they’re going to spill some tea and that this might be one of those era-defining interviews.
This Ask Amy column sort of sums up some of the issues Covid has wrought on friendships and relationships.
This parenting article was interesting and made me feel better about the more hands-off approach I take with my kids: There’s a Better Way to Parent: Less Yelling, Less Praise. (The yelling part I’m getting better at, but it’s been a long journey so far).