In March 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic, I feared that I would never see my parents - who are 79 and 81 - again. Grappling with my fears of this novel disease, I decided to drive from my current home in Iowa to my original home in Buffalo, NY, where they live. The next three months were a challenge that ultimately proved to be rewarding. This essay is a creative nonfiction piece about the experience of going back to my original home and accompanying my parents through the first three months of the pandemic; themes discussed include our conflicts over politics and ideology, the difficulties of an adult only child in individuating from parents, and the familial love that endures despite these obstacles.
Pitas, Jeannine M.
""You Can't Go Home Again"...Until You Do,"
Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/survive_thrive/vol6/iss1/5