‘We can find great comfort in caring for someone or something else’

To nurture is to be nurtured even if it is more difficult to do so in these times

Brigid O’Dea: ‘Now, more than ever, it’s important to take time to look after oneself. All of us.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brigid O’Dea: ‘Now, more than ever, it’s important to take time to look after oneself. All of us.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

I miss my niece. She was born before the pandemic and the new-born that she is, changes every week. She makes noises now! We catch up regularly over video-chat. These calls are just as chaotic as were my visits. Tears are shed, vomit spewed, songs sung to calm.

The intimacy of it makes me feels less separated.

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