Happy Friday! We’ve made it to the end of April – what T.S. Eliot famously called “the cruelest month.” For many of us, the pandemic winter – both the literal one and the figurative one – is over and we are moving to the next phase: the re-birth of spring. Tomorrow Drew and the kids and I get to see my parents for the first time since before the pandemic. To say the kids are excited is an understatement. Joanie was four the last time she saw her grandparents in person. Now she’s closing in on six, has lost a couple of teeth, and has learned how to read. Jackson, 9-1/2, wears glasses now, has grown about a foot, and looks like he’s aged about five years in the past 15 months. My mom has a milestone birthday in a few days, and I’ve been thinking about her last milestone birthday a decade ago when my parents still lived in Germany and Drew and I (and Jackson in utero) met them in London (where Drew had been covering the royal wedding for work). It almost feels like a different lifetime. Anyway, I’m very grateful to science and good fortune that we get to continue making memories. I’m looking forward to May and to the months ahead as we continue moving back to a new normal and embrace the things we’ve missed for so long.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are a few links that may interest you:
Speaking of multiple lifetimes, imagine living 115, 125, 150 years. Some scientists think it’s a possibility. How Long Can We Live?: New research is intensifying the debate — with profound implications for the future of the planet.
This is kinda sweet: This couple ‘adopted’ their elder friend, and now they live as a family
I thought this was an interesting peek into the psyche of someone born into an obscene amount of wealth: Abigail Disney Has More Money Than She’ll Ever Spend
I’m very on board with this: The Case for a National One-Week Vacation
Some good advice as we all begin to re-enter society: If You Don’t Want to Go, Say No