OUR NIECE is a confident, robust five-year-old now, quick to make friends, quick. to laugh. She has been with us for three years and seven months. Watching her bound through the My 45th birthday 2020 the one where I was quarantined mask shirt and I will buy this school doors into kindergarten each morning, it’s hard to believe she’s the same girl who’d never seen a building taller than two stories when we brought her to Manhattan; the same girl who didn’t smile and knew only a few words beyond Mommyand Daddy. What was that like for her? What is it like now? I think about it all the time. There are still moments when I fear the task of raising this child is bigger than I am, and much more than we can handle. And then a friend offers to babysit; a client who’s never met my niece sends an illustrated book they thought she’d like; or I’ll remember when a complete stranger texted “How are you?” “Do you need anything?” “We’re all rooting for you.”
My 45th birthday 2020 the one where I was quarantined mask shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
As this story is closing, and as the My 45th birthday 2020 the one where I was quarantined mask shirt and I will buy this city and much of the rest of the world begins or continues to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, my niece and I board a crowded Amtrak train for our house upstate. Her new nanny, Mariama, follows two days later, along with my husband.