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Welcome. The British phrase “safe as homes”, which describes something that is completely safe, safe from harm, has been pinballing around my brain lately. Exposure to coronavirus is still one year A pressing concern. When we plan an outing, when we consider a gathering with friends, our first question – “Will it be pleasant?” – is, “Will it be safe?“But usually the safest place of virus is in our homes.
what is happening here? Throughout the year, we are getting acquainted with our housing and their functions. The house has not just been a refuge; To a large extent Office And class, Exercise studio And movie theater. And furniture: the kitchen table became the school desk; Sofa a Doctor bed; Bed, perhaps, a sick bed. In the kitchen, Tejal Rao buried his nose in a jar of cardamom pods. Get his sense of smell back.
Home: a metaphor for rest and comfort. When we feel at home in the world, we wear survival like a comfortable sweater; it is us. The epidemic has made it even more clear how safety and comfort are unevenly distributed, And don’t always go together. There are many Struggling to keep your home. some have Moved back in with her parents, Prioritizing safety over comfort.
Many of us used to play home when we were younger. We must have pretended to be cooking and cleaning and making beds, imagining the house as a role and routine. We can have houses: a square, a triangle, another square for a window, a rectangular door – perhaps a chimney smoke, a cozy stove telegraphing inside. These are vague views of a child’s house, but did we ever let them go?
Lately spending so much time in my house, I find myself trying to correct a kind of mixed-use utopia: here I work, my desk at just the proper height, right next to that place I where I study and watch TV. Here is the window through which I see the light changes in the hour of magic, the sky violet to blue and black. The indoor life organized for optimal living while outdoors is as uncontrolled as ever.
A reader gives advice.
Tom Abrams in New Jersey has an idea for parents looking for low-key entertainment for curious children (or your curious self):
Go to Wikipedia and type in the noun. Read at least the summary section about that topic then click on the interest of a hyperlink, read a little and then move on to the next topic. If you are with a child, let them take, say, one of the parents’ three hyperlinks. Have the child count the ordinal subjects at their fingertips and stop at 10 – no more, no less. Works in a car traveling on the road if there is a passenger who can read the entries. To see where you start and where you end!
Here is Tindersticks since 2012: “If you are looking for a way“
If you have gone deep on true-crime documentaries during quarantine, SNL has your number.
And McSweeney’s mine is:I’m walking short afternoon and you’re putting a lot of pressure on me“
The coronovirus epidemic is approaching its first anniversary, and many people have spent much of the past year within the four walls of their homes. We want to know how this past year has changed your relationship in your home, or the idea of home. Does it feel like a place of refuge? Or like a trap you will never escape? What will you remember at home this year? Tell us here
And, of course, write to us and tell us how you are spending your time, what is on your mind, you can use one hand as we enter a second spring in quarantine: Athome@nytimes.com. We are doing At home. We will read every letter sent. More ideas for living a full life at home appear below.