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One Actually Useful Gift That 2020 Gave Us

Older woman wearing face mask reading a book outside a cafe.
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If you’d told me last February that I’d be spending the next 10 months almost entirely inside; that my children’s schooling would be catastrophically disrupted; that I wouldn’t be able to hug my elderly dad, go for a drink with a friend, or sit in a room with my co-workers… I probably wouldn’t have believed you. My brain simply would not have been able to compute how the joys and privileges of my life were about to…