Turning Thirteen During COVID-19

Check out this post by Marlena Fiol author of Nothing Bad Between Us

There’s a lot of discussion about the risks of COVID-19 for the elderly.

But I worry more about the impact of this pandemic on our just-turned-teenager grandson. He’s at the stage in life when he’s very invested in social connections and in separating from his parents.
Now he’s been stuck at home with his parents – who are fortunately very good people – for three months.

How will he make sense of this time when he looks back on it? Will he grieve the losses? Will he have learned things he otherwise never would have?


Nothing Bad Between Us

A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness

This story differs from similar accounts of childhood domination or abuse because it tells the story of the author’s seemingly paradoxical responses to the powerful forces in my life, but doesn’t leave it at that. It sheds light on the social and religious dynamics underlying these responses, giving readers insights into and understanding of her otherwise incomprehensible choices, as she found my way back into loving relationships with her parents and the Mennonite community.