The Lost Summer

Single parents and the long, long summer vacation from school…

Longreads

Elissa Strauss | Longreads | August 2015 | 15 minutes (3,841 words)

Below is the story of a single mother and her daughter. Names and certain identifying details have been changed to protect their identities.

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OLYMPIA

By the time Olympia picked up her 6-year-old daughter Raina from the babysitter she was tired. She works a 10-hour day satisfying the various needs of two young siblings in Brooklyn’s affluent neighborhood of Cobble Hill, shepherding them to and from various classes, camps and playdates, making sure they get food when hungry, rest when tired and are properly stimulated when bored.

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