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Parenting during a Pandemic

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on April 16, 2020

Yesterday my son turned to me and said, “I want COVID-19 to end, and I don’t.”

I was surprised by his comment.

He wants COVID-19 to end so that suffering will end.

We all do.

We want an end to daily news reports of the death toll that continues to rise.

We want an end to the stories of suffering and loss.

We want an end to the calls from cousins in New York who are sheltering in place with a fever and have been inside for days.

We want an end to the calls to friends and siblings with all the ‘what if’ scenarios which include aging parents and a second wave resurgence months after things have gone back ‘to normal.’

He wants some things to continue too.

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