X MARKS THE ILLNESS / by Sarah Bourscheid

December has been a weird month. Between the Thomas Fire and 2 different bouts of illness, I lost my sense of normalcy. I spent many days in a fevered puddle of sheets or on my phone checking the fire perimeter. This was also the first Christmas in many years which my whole family was together. It was refreshing to experience an old normalcy after all the weirdness. As we grow and move around, Christmas together has become more rare and that much more special. It's unlikely to happen again next year, but let's hope my immune system fares better regardless. 

I'm so lucky to be able to call these heroes family.