Stephanie Johnson has spent most of her adult life teaching around the world. Her writing often focuses on the slightly uncomfortable space of the expatriation/ repatriation experience. She is originally from Toledo, Ohio, USA but currently based in Sydney, Australia.
Stephanie writes in 2020, "Before Coronavirus was recognized as a Pandemic, my husband and I had to go to rural Australia to help my mother-in-law, who had been in and out of the hospital and needed help transitioning into assisted living. The US is suffering much more than Australia but we aren’t HOME. We are living in someone else’s house, trying to organize and remove her things, and she can’t help us because her nursing home is in lockdown. We’re doing the right thing, but every part of this feels awful.
The postcard is coming from Australia and will have an image from Newcastle, NSW (New South Wales), on the front, but I am actually in Bathurst, NSW.
Unfortunately, the only place to get postcards here is the visitor’s centre, and they are closed since everyone is supposed to be staying at home."