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When „Good Morning“ became good mourning

Transnational family life in the times of Corona

One of the first things I do in the morn­ing, after get­ting myself a glass of water, is chat with my sis­ter in law. Most days it is not real­ly chat­ting, since she will have writ­ten her mesages to me at 2:30 in the morn­ing (CET) and I will write mine around 8, when she is already busy again prepar­ing lunch. My sis­ter in law lives in Cal­cut­ta and I live in Berlin, both born and raised in the coun­tries we live in. The 4 hour time lag between those adds to my priv­i­lege if you see it as such, since I usu­al­ly receive her mes­sages first and start my day feel­ing con­nect­ed and blessed by the emo­tion­al sup­port of a fam­i­ly mem­ber whom I also call my friend.