Family Trades in Manhattan for Rural Pennsylvania to Escape COVID-19 and Considers Staying for Good


Image via Tyger Williams, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Caroline Goldrick and her daughter, Edith.

A family that traded Manhattan for rural Pennsylvania to escape COVID-19 is enjoying its temporary home so much that it is considering making the move permanent, writes Jason Nark for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Caroline Goldrick, her husband, Christian, and their daughter, Edith, moved to the home of a family member in idyllic Eagles Mere in Sullivan County during the early months of the pandemic. Mother and daughter then stayed in the town even after the summer visitors had left the tourist location, while the father returns on the weekends.

The family is now delighting in the snowy winter and considering the post-pandemic future.

Edith is having the most fun, enjoying ice creams and the beach in the summer and making snow angels in the winter. She misses her cats but she sees her friends through Zoom.

Her mother, who teaches musical theater in a New York City public school, misses the big city but realizes there are many advantages with her current home.

“We’ve been kind of playing it month by month,” she said. “It was, ‘Well, maybe after Thanksgiving,’ and then, ‘Maybe after Christmas,’ and we’re still here.”

Read more about the family in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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