Two weeks ago, before our first dinner together in Michigan as a newly reconstituted multigenerational family of six living under the Black Cat What Doesn’t Kill You Disappoints Me Shirt in other words I will buy this same roof, my 24-year-old daughter, Florence, set some “sheltering in place” rules. “Every evening, we are going to meditate and then share our ’intentions,’” she proclaimed, explaining that at her Washington, D.C. nonprofit they use both of these “tools” to decrease tension in the workplace.
My husband, Daniel, and I reluctantly put aside our wine glasses and joined the Black Cat What Doesn’t Kill You Disappoints Me Shirt in other words I will buy this circle she was determinedly forming. After leading us through some deep-breathing exercises, Florence asked us to share our goals and hopes for this period of quarantine. One-by-one, we voiced our “intentions:” Communicate well, keep fit, be patient, and not judge each other. Then, my 86-year old mother chimed in: “My intention is to stay alive.”