Your Friday Briefing – The New York Times

I’m just thankful for indoor plumbing.


Ambulance took him. He came home.

Hearing granny laugh on the phone.

It’s just a cold, not Covid.

Reached age 92, grandson reached 3.

My wife gave me her kidney.


Got sober during 2020, stayed sober.

Wasn’t too late to say sorry.

Wildfires took much but we survived.

Volunteers who take experimental vaccines.

Healthcare workers. Healthcare workers. Healthcare workers.


Pandemic baby after years of trying.

At twelve weeks, size of lime.

Toddler sees Audrey Hepburn, says “Mama!”

I watched her learn to read.

Water cooler chats with six-year-old son.


Thankful for learning, in my pajamas.

Out of prison with great job.

Stole my car, not my books.

Tried. Failed. Failed worse. Kept going.

248 cocktail hours with my mom.


The freedom of filing for divorce.

Lost job. Lost boyfriend. Found happiness.

Postponed wedding, having a baby instead.

Fell in love at age 75.

I proposed and she said yes.

Thanks for joining me this week. See you on Monday.

— Natasha

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