… one can either choose to live, or not. We have to tell ourselves a story that makes living possible.
— Katherine E. Standefer, Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life
And so we go on, telling our stories. My daughter returns from her one high school class on Monday morning, and tells me so many teachers were out.
I head to work, leaving her in front of the wood stove with her chrome book, the cats sprawled on either side of her.
At the library, a teen comes in and tells me he thinks the school will close soon. The teen lives on a back road and can’t drive yet. He’s a voracious reader. In the spring, he told me, he read everything in the house, then everything again and again, and finally resorted to Netflix. I tell him to take as many books as he wants. He fills a bag. When he leaves, I wonder when I’ll see him again. Maybe Wednesday. Maybe not.
And so we go on. I name our little wood stove Jenny.
Okay, my daughter says. She is part of our family.