In town I started shopping at 1 a.m. as Fairway was open all night and it seemed safer to have the store to myself. I brought groceries from New York to New Jersey when it was nesting time. On one of those late nights, I came back with my bags and sat in the lobby with the night porter, exhausted. The building superintendent, now a good friend, went out for a walk with his dog. He came back, and the three of us sat down until late in the morning, telling stories from our childhood. Because why not? It was the pandemic, and time had stood still. Like the new discoveries I was making with my kids, what mattered was that we were humans together, made the same, scared, worried, and eager to connect.