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So sure, I’m disappointed, but not surprised.

My 16th birthday and I can’t see anyone. I can’t have a party or see half of my family, out of fear of infecting the people I love. She’s across the country, yet has consistently texted me asking what she should get for my sweet 16. But nothing arrived in the mail from her. I got packages from my cousins and grandparents, my friends even drove by to see me and drop stuff off. But from her? An empty card with “love, mom, ” except I never seem to feel that love.

So sure, I’m disappointed, but not surprised.

My 16th birthday and I can’t see anyone. I can’t have a party or see half of my family, out of fear of infecting the people I love. She’s...