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Reconnecting with Old Pals

Anne K. Armstrong, Ph.D candidate
New York
Cornell Seal Paperweight

"In 2007, I had the pleasure of working with four wonderful women at a residential environmental education center in the Catskills [region of New York state]. We lived and worked together for nine months, and we've kept in touch on and off since then through Facebook messenger and chat. But lately, we had fallen mostly out of contact. Until COVID-19 rocked everyone's worlds. Now, we text multiple times a day, sharing our anxieties, memes, successes, and photos of our lives. It has buoyed my spirit and helped keep me sane over the last couple of weeks, as I attempt to be both grad student and mother of a preschooler with no daycare."