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Americans, ever eager for this to all be over, are racing toward the end of the pandemic.
Vaccine cheat days are adding up. “Right now, we’re in serious danger of botching our grand pandemic finale,” our staff writer Katherine J. Wu warns.
And availability bias is messing with summer planning. “Our natural optimism points in one direction,” Christopher Cox reports. “But the recent past points in another.”
When the pandemic is over, you won’t remember it the way you think you will. “How we tell our stories can transform how we move forward from hard times,” Melissa Fay Greene reports.
Some people might feel nostalgia for hyper-nesting. “Fond memories of the pandemic, whenever they come, may be driven less by an affection for today’s hardships and more by fear and stress over tomorrow’s demands,” the associate professor Devon Powers writes.
One question, answered: An anonymous reader says their daughter’s motivation has slipped over the past year: “What should I do?”
Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer respond in our latest “Homeroom” column:
This is a trying time for both children, who are struggling to stay motivated in school, and their parents, who are desperate to support them. Can anyone blame a teenager for feeling overwhelmed or detached? That’s where your focus as a parent needs to be: on her overall well-being. Z’s academic success will follow her happiness.
Your Atlantic-approved isolation activity:
Meditate. Or don’t. “I’m not groping toward the white light of nothingness that irradiates all phenomena; I’m stewing in the somethingness.” Read James Parker’s ode to the practice of not meditating.
Today’s break from the news:
You’ve been lied to about lying.