There is no living situation that can cure the loneliness of existence. No one is immune to loneliness. But there is still a particular kind of solitude that is the special challenge of people who live by themselves. There are also some ways to navigate that solitude to make it feel less overwhelming.
I’ve been listening to the sermons and khutbahs and letters and blessings and sacred texts and incantations my students are writing—to me, to each other, and maybe to you—as they learn to write about religion from classes, from novels, from radio waves, from tarot cards, from grieving, or from Friday Prayer.
It’s been over a year since I froze eight embryos: My eggs plus donor sperm. As Mother’s Day approached, I called to check up on them.