Last December, Lauren Tarshis shared on Twitter that she’d been thinking a lot about the stories her grandmother used to tell her about living through polio epidemics—how schools closed, the way families quarantined at home, the feelings of fear. Lauren wrote that thinking about those stories filled her with hope—because, of course, polio was conquered.
The response to that tweet was extraordinary, and it included many requests from you that she write about her family’s experience. So that’s exactly what she did! I am honored to share Lauren’s story “From Fear to Hope” in this issue. It’s fascinating and important and deeply relevant. And most of all? It’s filled with hope.