Lavender is nice, but it turned out I’d known the answer since I was 6.

Early in 2020, before I associated the word “pandemic” with anything other than disaster movies, I went to the doctor to figure out a treatment for my anxiety. Looking over my answers on the questionnaire, she noted that I had no symptoms of depression except for chronic trouble falling asleep. “What’s keeping you awake?” she asked with concern.

I was 43 years old, so it wasn’t easy to admit the reason: I was obsessed with playing Cooking Fever, and the frantic pace of time-management games…

Rebecca Coleman

Author of The Kingdom of Childhood. Mom. Editor. Book lover.

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