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If You Give A 9-Year-Old A Cell Phone…

November 14, 2013

People. This is what happens if you give a 9-year-old a cell phone. She calls you in the middle of the day from the park (what park? who can say?), to tell you that there are no trash cans there and there’s a lot of litter, so she wants to call city hall and let [...]

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Security theater at the airport

October 30, 2009

I’m in Georgia for the weekend at a retreat. Everyone is cooking a meal: I volunteered to make lentil soup. Because I was unsure of the grocery shopping situation on this end, I brought the ingredients with me. Which led to this conversation with a TSA agent: Me: I have a can of tomatoes in [...]

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Healthy meals, from a kid's perspective

June 12, 2009

The girls are playing house. Rio is the mommy. They are apparently getting ready to go for a picnic, and are packing their lunches. Rio-as-mom, “You have to show me what you packed so I can see if it is healthy for you.” Her friend/baby shows her. Rio, “No, no, no. Just gum is not [...]

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My daughter, my…er…joy

May 31, 2009

Serena has been sneaking up on having a two-year-old temper. This afternoon, she pitched a ferocious wobbly, at the height of which she maliciously (yes, maliciously, with clear intent and an evil gleam in her eye) peed on a book in the middle of the living room floor because I would not let her use [...]

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The Shrinking of Treehorn

May 8, 2009

Serena took this book out of the library. I think she chose it because it was a nice shade of green and charmingly square. When we got it home, I noticed that the drawings were by Edward Gorey, a favorite artist of our entire family’s. We’ve been to visit his house on the Cape, and [...]

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Two Conversations with Rio

April 13, 2009

1. On the drive up to my mom’s yesterday, I speculated about what the Easter Bunny might have left for the kids. “Mama, you know the Easter Bunny is NOT REAL.” “Oh. Why do you say that?” I am not invested in her belief in fairy tale beings, but as far as I know she [...]

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Willpower

March 29, 2009

Rio’s favorite read these days is the Frog and Toad books, which I love because it was my favorite when I was her age. Right now, we are both loving the chapter called “Cookies”, in which Toad bakes far too many cookies, and he and Frog have to figure out a way to stop eating [...]

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