The Life-Changing Magic of Having a Second Place to Go

The walls were closing in, the Zoom had lost its charm. After a year as a working parent, all I needed was a room of my own.

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I didn’t want to model for him that dreams ought to be deferred.

Screenshot of the author on a Zoom call and in need of a haircut.

I wish post-pandemic, every mother could have a refuge like this.

Sarah Stankorb is a contributor to GEN. Other works in The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Glamour, O, and The Atlantic. @sarahstankorb

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