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“How are you?” I’ve just started seeing a therapist and this is always the first question she asks. It’s impossible to answer, so I don’t.

“How much time do you have?” I joke.

“About 45 minutes,” she says.

I want to tell her things she already knows. There’s a pandemic going on. I was furloughed and decided not to return to work to support my children through remote elementary school. My life has shrunk. Every day I imagine I’ve sunk deeper into my floor, a screw twisted a half-turn with each day that passes. But the pandemic is old news…

Danielle Monroe

Writer & Creator/Director of Republic of Camberville, a fiction podcast. Mother. Hustler.

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