As the front page of today's @NYTimes starkly depicts a year of grief, the back pages include a death notice of my mother, who passed away two weeks ago of natural causes. Four months ago in October, the Sunday Times had a similar notice in memory of my father. Rest in Peace. (1)
Obituaries, like tweets with their character & line limits, feel inadequate for describing the loss of my parents. But publishing their passing in the paper of record of my hometown--of which I still get Sunday editions--seems an appropriate marker in a time of social distance.
Twitter is such a public forum, and my parents were not public people--but perhaps the newspaper obituary and social media posts are a way to mark how much they mattered, to me, and many others.

On my mother:

On my father:

My mother, Annie Edith Chang Vega, born in Ecuador as one of 17 children, immigrated to the US, and married my father, Dana Anthony Wright, for 54 years. Another only-in-NYC story of a Chinese-Ecuadorean immigrant meeting an Irish-American at a German dance club. RIP. (4/)
My parents, may they rest in peace, raised me in #TheBronx with a focus on family, education, thrift, & problem solving practicality. Even if they didn't quite understand what I ended in doing professionally, they prepared me for it in their own way. They were good parents. (5/)

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