I saw the news about Justice Ginsburg while my husband was reading bedtime stories to my son. I felt hollow. The characters in the book ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so my son asked for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a bedtime snack. I went to get him one, and added three plantain chips and three gummy bears to the plate as surprise treats. I felt so cheered by this simple act, and my son was so delighted by the snack. This is it, I thought. I’m so scared and so disheartened, but when I keep this, parenting, in front of me, I feel better.

Kimberly Hirsh @kimberlyhirsh