One of the silver linings of the pandemic has been that I’m more grateful for the everyday things in life. That my kids are attending school in person. Going trick-or-treating with my 9-year-old even with masks on. A year ago, my parents couldn’t visit for Thanksgiving because of Covid-19. But they’ll be with us this year. And I’m grateful for that.
Many of us have lived through an incredible amount of pain and loss these last two years. There is a sense of upheaval and uncertainty around us. A lot of concern about the health of our communities and our democracy, the injustices and the harms facing so many people. But I also feel a deep gratitude—and not just for the basics of being able to emerge, however tentatively, from the isolation and separation of Covid-19. I’m also thankful for the shifts we’re seeing in how people think about institutional racism and the stark inequalities around us.