Apr 1 2014
Each Passover, I Celebrate The Miracle of My Growing Family
Every spring I remember; every Passover I celebrate. I have mostly forgotten the Passover that fell right before my wedding. I don’t remember who led those seders. I don’t recall what was served for dinner. I was too busy thinking … Continue reading
Mar 31 2014
When It’s Not a Total Disaster, Bath Time Can Be a Beautiful Thing
Some nights, it is a literal shit show. Nothing quite matches the moment when I looked down at the shower floor and saw a giant blob of poop. My oblivious toddler looked at me, puzzled, clearly wondering, “How’d that get there?” … Continue reading
Mar 26 2014
Four Surprising Things Happened to Me When I Became Working Mother
I hate the phrase “Working Mom.” I was home with my daughters for almost three years, and I promise, that was work too. But it is a different kind of challenge than working in a paid profession. I returned to … Continue reading
Mar 12 2014
Since Discovering My Family’s History, I Am More Than an American Jew
“What are you?” When asked this question, I always say that I am an American Jew. As the fourth generation to be born in New York, I don’t align myself with other countries. Many European nations expelled their Jewish populations. … Continue reading
Mar 4 2014
How Can I Comfort My Friend Struggling with Infertility?
It isn’t fair. I’m old enough to know that life can be unjust, but naïve enough to still be surprised when it happens. A friend of mine is dealing with infertility, and she’s starting treatments now. She had no symptoms. … Continue reading
Feb 25 2014
I Find Myself Defending Teachers at the Hair Salon (and Everywhere Else!)
The next time someone asks me what I do for a living, I plan to say that I’m a dental hygienist. Maybe a carpet salesman. A baker? Hmm… that’s an idea. Who doesn’t love cookies? It’s too bad that I’m … Continue reading
Feb 11 2014
My Daughter’s Birth Left Me Scarred, But How Can I Grieve?
My daughter’s birth was complicated. The morning after I had my baby, a post-partum nurse asked how I was feeling. I made the mistake of answering honestly: The birth left a bright pink scar skidding across my pelvis, and other … Continue reading
Feb 3 2014
Why Isn’t There a Jewish Blessing for Coffee?
The twin tote bags are massive. My daughters could fit together inside one of them, and we’d still have room to spare. Yet my husband and I fill them each morning with all the necessities for daycare: sheets, blankets, bibs, … Continue reading