my week in objects (mostly).

May 15, 2020

1. this sweater.

babaa sweater | reading my tea leaves

{for being my favorite springtime sweater three springs running.}

2. this pot of flowers.

pansy | reading my tea leaves

{thanks to my mom who knew just what i needed.}

3. this extremely good-smelling candle.

cold spring apothecary candle | reading my tea leaves

{thanks to a big sister who knew just what i needed.}

4. these growing lettuces.

lettuce regrowth | reading my tea leaves

{on this ever-filling nature tray.}

5. this purple “party bulb”.

party bulb | reading my tea leaves

{reimagined into being a “sleepy bulb.”}

other things:

an auditory love letter.

evil witches.

mrs. america.

as crucial now as ever.

what day is it?

balancing risks.

but make it fashion

california cloth masks.

steak as birthright.


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  • Reply Megan May 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    The npr article on kids is gutting. I also read a mother’s letter to her one year old on MotherMag this morning and sobbed, it did a wonderful job describing things I haven’t been able to put into words surrounding my feelings in regards to my own one year old. Thank you so much continuing this blog, it’s really been a bright spot on days when a new one is posted.

    • Reply Kim R May 15, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      My husband is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s. It’s scary what we don’t know about the effects of COVID-19 on children, as well as the lasting effects social distancing will have on them. There will be a huge lack of mental health resources available to help mitigate the problems that arise from all of this. We do know that, as usual, the children that will be most affected come from lower income families, as the article states.

  • Reply Alexandra Gaudreau May 15, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much for posting the NPR article. I have two kids 5 and 6 and though we are all in good health and have been spared job loss or instability I am really concerned about the long term impact of these shutdowns on children. I’m scared we’re going to leave them scarred from the collateral damage of an illness that in general they are not at risk of. In the meantime other huge risks that will have a huge and inevitable impact on them (like climate change, environmental degradation, social injustice) are being overlooked. I never know how to put it in words without sounding callous… but thank you for the broad range of viewpoints!

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