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Extracting Empathy From a Painful Pandemic

All my growing up years, I had a classmate whose family’s religious convictions kept her from attending field trips and class parties.

Something I didn’t understand as a kid, but it was filed alongside dozens of other adult things I didn’t understand. So somehow, I just considered it outside my sphere of knowing, and I was fine with that.

In fourth grade, our highly anticipated and much-discussed class trip to the zoo was cancelled because of rain. I remember glancing at this classmate after the announcement, and realizing this had been her disappointment every time, year after year.

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