Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread and Links

Happy Friday! This was a big week in our family; Joanie graduated from kindergarten yesterday and met her teacher in person for only the second time this year (first time was at field day last week). Yep, she – and Jackson – did the whole school year remotely, and all four of us are so beyond grateful we’ve come to an end of this particular journey (Jackson will have finished fourth grade at a different school in a few days). By the time they start back in in-person school in September, it will have been 18 months since they stepped foot inside a classroom. That’s 84 days away, but who’s counting. In the meantime, we have a fun summer planned that I’m excited to get started. This weekend I’m away at a beach cottage in Michigan celebrating a good friend’s 50th birthday. She’s a nurse and a year ago she was treating Covid patients at a clinic in Chicago and we didn’t even dare dream about a celebratory weekend getaway, and now here we are. Thank you, vaccines!

Hope you have a great weekend, and here are some links you might fine interesting:

“Stay The F*ck Away From Me”: Not Everyone Is Excited About Hugs Making A Comeback

7 Ways to Reset Your Relationship

Replanting the roots of our friendship post-covid

The Lies American Culture Tells Women

“Unlike so many stories about the pandemic, the recent movement of adult children home is often a joyful one. Americans traded their independent lifestyles for shared movie nights, exercise buddies and dinners around the table. Many, for the first time, tried a kind of intergenerational living far more common in other countries — and liked it.” — A pandemic love story you haven’t heard before: Parents and their adult children

Here’s a photo series of women who said ‘no thanks’ to motherhood.

Why American Women Everywhere Are Delaying Motherhood:

“In more than two dozen interviews with young women in Phoenix and Denver, some said they felt they could not afford a baby. They cited the costs of child care and housing, and sometimes student debt. Many also said they wanted to get their careers set first and expressed satisfaction that they were exerting control over their fertility — and their lives — in a way their mothers had not.”

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  • ktfran June 18, 2021, 12:59 pm

    I read the NYT article this morning on the women who said no to motherhood. I loved it. I read a few of the comments and found them depressing… which is why it’s so important that we keep talking about it. I need to read the other NYT article.

    Have a great little getaway!!

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  • allathian June 21, 2021, 1:02 am

    Have a great getaway!

    I really enjoyed seeing my friends in person again at an outdoor patio on Friday, it was wonderful! It was only when I saw them again that I truly realized how much I’ve missed them. I’m an introvert, but for once being in the company of friends and surrounded by strangers was invigorating rather than draining. The lovely weather also helped, although I must admit that it felt really weird to be surrounded by about 500 unmasked people. We still have a mask mandate in public indoor spaces, but not outdoors.

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