November 20, 2013 Comments Off
Charlotte Zolotow died yesterday at age 98. (Honestly, I am not intending to turn my blog into an obits column, but I read the obituaries daily and frequently I’m reminded of how life is composed of the labor, stories, and art created by others.)
For anyone who grew up on Free To Be… You and Me, you know that William Wants a Doll was major for learning to deconstruct gender norms and to break out of rigid boxes at an early age. William Wants a Doll was a song inspired by the story, William’s Doll, written by Charlotte Zolotow and published in 1972. I was born seven years later and never knew a world without William’s Doll. Now I know I have Charlotte Zolotow to thank (and my mom for playing the Free to Be record throughout my early years).
I love what Charlotte Zolotow said about children and grown-ups: “We are all the same, except that adults have found ways to buffer themselves against the full-blown intensity of a child’s emotions.”
She added, “We are not different from the children we were — only more experienced, better able to disguise our feelings from others, if not ourselves.”
Although we carry many of her books in the library where I work, Zolotow was not known to me until I read her obituary. Thank you for creating and leading a quiet revolution.
October 27, 2013 Comments Off
For many months after Zevi was born, we played Lou Reed’s Hudson River Meditations piece, Move Your Heart on a loop during the night to help her sleep. This meditation is 28 minutes and 56 seconds. According to my iTunes, we played the piece 1,921 times. There were nights when I thought I might throw up from listening to Move Your Heart. This is to say Lou Reed has been pervasive, ever-present, always here. In every part of my life in relation to music, Lou Reed has existed. Intellectual, academic, smart musician, I am so sad to say goodbye and so thankful for you. You are and forever will be part of my family’s narrative. Thank you.
September 22, 2013 Comments Off
September 8, 2013 Comments Off
Big changes are happening all around us right now. This morning we said goodbye to my parents who have been staying a few blocks away from us for the past ten weeks. Tomorrow will be my first day without any help at home with my two children. The weather is cooling down; leaves are falling from the trees. Rosh Hashanah is here again.
We decided to bake challah with Zevi and Ezra this afternoon.
August 31, 2013 Comments Off
My friend, Rick accused Joe and me of being hippies when he found out that we didn’t give Zevi a bath (beyond sponging her down) until she was three months old. Judging by how Ezra’s size, he could be a three-month old, but he’s only five and a half weeks and today he enjoyed his first bath.
August 18, 2013 Comments Off
After hearing that song about the wheels and the wipers and the driver and the doors and the babies and the mommas and the papas for so long, it was time for Zevi and Ezra to stop watching the buses go by and to start riding them.
August 2, 2013 Comments Off
To celebrate Joseph’s birthday, we took our first field trip as a family of four to Queens County Farm Museum.
The farm is the longest continuously farmed area in New York State and only a twenty-five minute drive from our home. Plus, it’s free to visit.
July 24, 2013 Comments Off
After spending the afternoon with my parents, Zevi, and Joseph at the newly reopened post-Hurricane Sandy New York Aquarium, we arrived home. I started to feel contractions shortly after. They were regular and steady, but I waited to make plans to go to the hospital.
We put Zevi to bed at her regular time and had dinner. Once the house was prepared for our absence, we made our way downtown so that we would be closer to the hospital. My contractions were clocking in at two minute intervals. Sitting down for a car ride didn’t sound like fun, so we opted for the train. I figured that if things became imminent, we could get off the train and call a car. I felt good after our first train ride, so we transferred for the second half of the trip.
When we arrived downtown, I wasn’t ready to admit myself into the hospital. We became tourists for a couple of hours. Our baby’s due date was nine months after Hurricane Sandy, and a lot of his pre-birthday was spent visiting areas of the city that were damaged during the storm. Joseph and I had fun walking around South Street Seaport, which is still being repaired.
July 13, 2013 Comments Off
I’ve been hoping to not go into labor until after today so that we could attend my first ever, Dol. Our friend, Emmett celebrated his first birthday with the Korean traditional Doljanchi.
Zevi had other plans for today and so she took a monster midday nap, which meant we missed the amazing part of Emmett’s ceremony where the above happened. Emmett chose the recorder, and will therefore become a rich musician.
We did make it to the party in time to eat the most delicious Korean buffet. The above is just a tiny sampling of all the yummy food we consumed. I could have eaten way more, but we were only there for the last forty minutes of the party.
July 4, 2013 Comments Off
Still no new baby, but we didn’t want to take any chances of being stranded on Fire Island if I went into labor– if I went more into labor than I already am. Joe and I kicked off our holiday weekend yesterday with a trip to the movies to see the excellent Israeli film, Fill the Void.
Today our family celebrated the Fourth in our neighborhood.