Are you sitting at home, wondering if the projections of COVID-19 mortalities are going to be anything like reality? And if so, are we doomed? Well, I happened upon "The Girl With All The Gifts" on Netflix and was drawn to the parallels between Melanie, a young girl with promising genetics, and our own pandemic.
You may have seen the movie, and its own way the movie attempts to cover the same principles as the book. It focuses largely on the politics, economic consequences, and measures that first allow an extremely contagious pathogen to first spread, then be eradicated. However, I highly recommend that if you want a very accurate, highly probable assessment of our global response to a pandemic, read the book by Max Brooks.
If you went to a supermarket (or really, any place that sells non-perishable items and toilet paper), then you've lived through some of the milder challenges that Suzanne Collins captures in The Hunger Games.
To Jewish people everywhere, a hamentasch is symbolic of the holiday Purim. The holiday falls in late February to mid-March. Originally celebrated to commemorate how the heroine Esther saved all the Jews of Shushan, Purim is a time to dress up, play games, and eat the fruit-filled cookies known as Hamentaschen. They are triangle-shaped, to remember the hat of the story's villain, Hamen (hence "hamen-tasch"). Hamen wanted to kill the Jews and advised the king of Shushan that Jews were not to be trusted. But just in time, Esther pleaded to the king, her husband, not to kill them. At great risk to herself, she revealed that she was in fact Jewish as well.
Maybe I should begin by saying that self-care was never high on my list of priorities. I've been teaching for over a decade, I've normalized "holding it" for the whole morning and worked straight through lunch regularly. Once, I worked for a charter school that gave us five days off a school year. And paid us bonuses if we didn't use them. But self-care is a real thing that some of us millenials forgot to learn in our eagerness to get ahead. Or, if you graduated right around the recession like me, you did just to get a job at all.