The third year of COVID schooling begins

It hit me two weeks ago, when my kid got a sniffle. His illness seemed completely ordinary. We were more careful than we used to be about a cold — taking his temperature twice a day, asking about taste and smell — but saw no real reason to worry. We…

A year without school is a year without school shootings

Photo by Like_the_Grand_Canyon

When the tornado sirens went off early last week, it was the height of pandemic excitement. We’ve memorized the routine of our neighborhood after repeating it for 54 weeks, and that routine includes a weekly test of the tornado warning system every Wednesday at noon. “It’s the Wednesday alarm!” …

I got the vaccine the first day I was eligible

The vaccine line outside St. John Arena, March 19, 2021

Fifty-three weeks to the day after the shutdowns began, I got my first Covid shot. One dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is working its way through my body. I couldn’t be happier.

I’m still in disbelief that it happened so quickly. When the vaccines started rolling out in December…

Remembering when we thought Covid might be a temporary inconvenience, and what it became instead

The contents of my pantry from March 10, 2020

I have a photograph from March 10, 2020 on my camera roll. In it, my kids are pointing at the contents of our pantry that we’d emptied onto the floor. They’d built a tower of cans and peanut butter next to a collection of boxed soups. I’d used the occasion…

A night in March 2020 that was nearly normal

snarls photo by Brian Kaiser

One year ago tonight, I was dancing my ass off at a concert. The local band snarls was celebrating the release of Burst, its first fantastic album, and the music hummed in the humid air while the room buzzed with energy that only just-might-be-about-to-become-rock-stars can pull from a crowd. Fans…

Linda Lee Baird

Columbus-based writer, educator, and mom.

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