The Futility — and Hope — of Magical Thinking

Canceling the holidays is an act of hope, not fear.

The writer and her family in happier times.
Carrie’s family in happier times

I canceled my family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Most people I know talk about 2020 as having an almost mystical power of wrongness to it. Something terrible happens, and people immediately comment “That’s so 2020,” as if the year itself is somehow trying to ruin all our…



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Carrie Thompson

Carrie Thompson

A mother, a wife, a high school English teacher, and a suicide loss survivor on a quest for understanding and healing.