Summer escapes

My son was laid off from his job at an energy company recently. My daughter is traveling in Mexico. And, my dog has a slight heart murmur.

I worry—even though I know that Jay has severance and savings and he will find a new job—and I know that Mary Elizabeth will be safe with her traveling companion who knows the country—and I understand that Ginger’s heart has just a slight murmur.

However, I have turned to summer escapes—at Shakespeare in the Park, where I watched Richard III die during a magnificent sword fight, and to Helen Simonson’s book The Summer Before the War about a small village in England before World War I.

I always know that I can escape in the drama of a play or the pages of a book.