I do not wish to have not been a parent. But I think it is normal to imagine new existences when the world is crumbling.
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Rachel Mans McKenny is an author, humorist, and book reviewer from the Midwest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Electric Literature, Hobart, and other outlets, and her debut novel, The Butterfly Effect, came out in 2020.
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