Zooey update: four years
You might think, Zooey, that as the fourth or last to do something, it would be less exciting. We’ve seen the others take steps, we’ve seen the others ride bikes, we’ve seen the others draw a face for the first time. But that’s not what makes you, or any of you, special or interesting; the […]
Bebe update: nine years
I am new at this having-a-daughter thing, even if I’m nine years in. In fact, each passing day I am new at it. Are we ever not new at it? You may have an older brother, but you’re definitely the oldest sister; your sisters look up to you – especially Nettles, who worships you at […]
Nettles update: six years.
“Ima, I want to call Grandma.” That’s how it’s been for days since we left New York, rushed, unplanned, in the style of not letting dough rise. We basically fled the city, across the ocean, back to the Middle East, straight into quarantine. Straight into days of looking into your eyes, which have been glazed […]
Koala update: Five years
Koala, We’ve been alluding to and celebrating your turning five for so long that, today, you were kinda over it. So we had a chill family day and I had a few minutes alone with you to really… see you. Hilarious, hilarious you. As much as the year before four was rough, something clicked soon […]
Koala update: Four years
Koala, I love you so freaking much. Sometimes I look at your face while you’re babbling about throwing lions at people or how all your friends’ dads are policemen (somehow?). I look at your face, the same exact face I watched when you were laying on me, four years ago, staring off into space, with your […]
Bebe update: Two years
Bebe, A couple nights ago you couldn’t sleep. You came to bed with me, and we spooned for a bit. After years and years of considering I may just be more of a fork, I realized a truth: You, me, right now, in this moment, are the perfect spoon. Two years ago, as the sun […]
Koala update: Three years.
Koala, if you’ll wait patiently over there a minute (ha) while I tell the future parents/new parents a little secret: One thing I’ve learned this past year is that the ‘terrible twos’ is a misnomer. The alleged phase starts way earlier than two, and by the time that two is turning into a three, it’s […]
Bebe update: Twelve months.
Good night, beautiful little Bebe. I’m looking at you after you’ve fallen asleep at my chest. You’re exhausted after an active day in the warm April sun over Jerusalem. Your eyes are shut and your forehead is glistening with sweat from our body heat together. You’re an amazing creature. It’s been a year since you […]
Koala update: Two years.
Happy birthday, Koala! I appreciate that you woke up today at the same hour you were born two years ago – 6:10 am. Could be worse; we’ve been there together, haven’t we? And here I thought the first year saw the most change from start to finish… But the second year definitely held its own; […]
80 years of Naomi Shemer on Google today.
Google Israel is celebrating what would have been Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer‘s 80th birthday with Google logo art: A lot of us diaspora kids grew up with Naomi Shemer’s music. It was like Intro to Israeli Culture 101 for kindergarteners. Here’s a little something about נעמי שמר, the ‘first lady of Israeli song,’ from Answers.com: Shemer did her […]
Koala update: Twelve months.
The year is here. Some kind of ultimate milestone. Profundity escapes me. I’m just impressed I’m still around, sane enough to tell the tale… Starting with today – the first birthday. Since the birth-day. Vaccines aside, I’m fairly certain by the evidence that Koala enjoyed what I call a ‘naked cake grab’ at dinner time. There’s […]
On the Jewish calendar today is ב’ אייר, which happens to be the date on which Koala was born last year. So happy first Hebrish birthday to my Koala! I’m sorry that you’re feeling ill today… I’m sorry you have two or three new teeth coming in… I’m sorry I won’t let you play with […]