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Some Imaginary Friends are Stinky

August 3, 2010

Staggering to the shower this morning, Serena stopped me in the hall outside the bathroom door. “Kayleigh and Jesi are in there, Mama,” she said. “Who are Kayleigh and Jesi?” “Kayleigh is my friend and Jesi is Rio’s friend.” Rio, from the bedroom, joins the conversation. “You can go in there if you want, Mama, [...]

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Lions and Toddlers and Bears!

March 30, 2010

So Martin took Serena to the Harvard Museum of Natural History the other day. Before she left, she told me Daddy had promised her they would see a lion. “I think it will be a scary lion, Mama,” she said. “I think maybe that lion is going to eat us.” “No, sweetie. The lion at [...]

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Hide and Seek

February 11, 2010

The girls are playing hide-n-seek in my bedroom. They are taking turns beautifully. This is how their game works: Rio: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25, 26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50, 51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75, 76,77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89…uh…um…Mama, what comes after 89? Me: 90. Rio: Oh! yeah, 90. Well, sometimes I need to think for a long time about what number comes next and then I remember but then [...]

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All Warm and Cozy

January 28, 2010

Today the most beautiful snow in big soft white flakes, just as I was getting ready to take the girls outside and hang the pine cone birdfeeders we’d spent the morning making. I got to wear my new hat and scarf and gloves for the first time. We went outside and I began trying to [...]

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Barbies in Refrigerators

January 14, 2010

We’ve had a lot of adventures with princesses in the past few weeks since Santa delivered a passle of princess Barbies to our house. The princesses have stood around looking pretty. They’ve had fistfights. They’ve had naked sex. They’ve basically ripped my feminist mommy aspirations from my heart and pounded them into the floor with [...]

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Princess Smackdown

December 18, 2009

We have two guest stars at home today: Rio and another kid who both go to private schools that let out freakishly early for holiday break. The kids are doing what they do every morning: eating their body weight in Cheerios, playing with the princess dolls in the dollhouse, and reading every book they can [...]

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Never After tonight!

September 26, 2009

My good friend Colleen Campbell has written a musical. It’s a lesbian fairy tale with dragons and princesses and stuff, and it’s being performed in concert tonight and tomorrow at the Somerville Theater. I’ll be there for both shows, and I hope all of you local readers will be as well. You can buy tickets [...]

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Play-based education in action

September 16, 2009

Serena spent yesterday morning sitting on the floor playing with a baby toy she outgrew about a year ago. It’s a board with little movable colored pegs that you can push around a track. You’ve probably seen them in doctor’s offices. She played with it for a long time, humming to herself. Then she looked [...]

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Rio’s watermelon farm

September 9, 2009

When the peas died in midsummer, I simply tore them up and wondered what to do next with that plot of land. Rio solved the problem for me by moving in and setting up a farm. She (and her sister and her friends) have been “farming” the empty bed for a few weeks now. “Farming” [...]

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Simple gratitude for play

August 10, 2009

I’m not posting my gratitude here every day; I’m using my Twitter feed for that. But I want to post them occasionally, and here is one. Today I’m grateful for all the play in my life. I spent the day playing at the edge of a stream with my kids, on a playground with Serena, [...]

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