It began, as so many things do these days, with a nudge that turned into a whine. Ima. Eeeeeemmmmaaaaa. When are you going to charge my camera for me?
Orli, my older daughter, has her own camera,…a small Fisher Price deal that takes relatively fuzzy pictures--especially given how crisp digital images are these days--unless the light is absolutely perfect. I thought buying it was a mistake.“Why are we giving her a camera that doesn’t even work well?” I wondered, at the time. It was late last spring, and Orli was in… >> Read More
I cried yesterday morning.
It's not that rare, to be honest. I cry relatively easily. But I cried yesterday morning for good reason, as I sat there--with 800,000 others--watching SCOTUSBLOG refresh…in one window, and Twitter in the other, listening to NPR--when it became clear that the United States Supreme Court had upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I cried for all those women who have written to me in the last three years, since I told my own story of battling for health insurance. In… >> Read More
My daughter, Orli, is at a very lovely age. At 14 months, she’s of an incredibly sunny disposition, most of the time. She burbles and babbles and, occasionally, says a word. She laughs and runs…and plays. She’s intensely interested in discovering and engaging the world around her. In restaurants, she wants to walk from table to table, flashing a big, almost fake, grin, hoping for a response. Sometimes she gets what she’s looking for--laughter. But not everyone wants to talk to a toddler. And when people brush her off,… >> Read More
My mother always regretted my middle name--Amy. She rues not giving me Lewis, her maiden name, which, to be honest, would have been cool, a wink at masculinity; meaningful. Sarah was a given, she'd…known from childhood she would have a girl named Sarah. Sarah was for her mother who died, too young, when my mother was only 9. But, being a fairly typical Ashkenazi family, we had several Sarahs. My mother's choice allowed everyone to assume I was named for theirs. It made them happy, even if technically… >> Read More
Recently I was asked to participate in an art exhibit called "Cesarean Voices." A call for submissions for the show, organized by the Baltimore chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness…Network, explained that its aim is to "[educate] the public to the reality that cesareans can have profoundly negative physical and emotional consequences for women and those close to them." Sounds good. According to a National Vital Statistics Report, cesarean births in America have been steadily rising over the past decade. By 2007, C-sections accounted… >> Read More