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January 05, 2015

"I Didn’t Want Kids, But I’m Glad I Got Them"


I don’t regret finally coming home to be the primary caretaker for our children, who are four, two, and 10 months. But sometimes being with them does make me angry. At least once every day, without fail, all three scream at me simultaneously while I can’t attend to them momentarily because I need to handle something else, like muffins burning in the oven or changing a tomato-covered shirt. Or, like now, they’re hooting up their bedroom at 10 o’clock although I’ve been in there threatening them four times already. The very first time, I took away their nightlight after I found them in the bathroom, “going potty” and smearing liquid soap all over the mirror. It’s taken me no less than a half hour to write these 150 words.

In such moments, however, I never find myself wishing I were back at the office, wearing clean clothes and working for more than three minutes without interruption. Truly. And I’m more surprised than anyone to find this my new reality. I do wish the kids would shut up already, but not to be away from them, doing something more important. I did not expect that. Nor did I expect to feel, when complaining about their aggravating and never-ending antics, simultaneously that I adore them.

In my family we had an acronym for the feeling Ms. Pullman describes: TMB. It stood for "Too much baby".

December 23, 2014

"What I learned about America by eating my way around the country"

A "West Coast liberal" discovers good fellowship and truth at the Redneck Riviera:

“It’s very hard to have an argument when you have a mouthful of ribs.”

December 21, 2014

"Santa learns sign language so he can speak to deaf child"

"A magical moment."

December 17, 2014

"32 Moments That Prove the World is Not Such a Bad Place"

Some sorely needed encouragement.

And in case you missed it, there's this: "5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Signs 1-Day NBA Contract, Dunks In Preseason Game".

December 10, 2014

"The Bleat--Monday, Dec. 8, 2014"

James Lileks is so good at what he does.

The closer you are, the less you have to say. A friend loses a grandparent, you say you’re sorry. A friend loses a parent, silence and presence suffices. . . .

But you still want to say something. It’s the human thing to do. If only there were new ways to say it. If only the genuine things you felt didn’t sound as predictable as the Happy Birthday To You song.

November 16, 2014

"After a lemonade-stand heist, a Loudoun community rallies to right a wrong"

A lovely story.

November 13, 2014

It's not easy being a billionaire

Go ahead, laugh. Then read this: "The Fascinating Reason Many Billionaires Get Depressed (And How They Snap Out Of It)".

For help see the Sudden Money Institute.

November 12, 2014

"I’m a die-hard liberal. It ruined my parenting."

Yes, being a Liberal does tend to stink.

October 27, 2014

"The Cosby Show 30th Anniversary: 7 Great Pieces of Advice From The Huxtables"

Seven of the most terrific scenes from The Cosby Show (with clips).

The last one, "On challenging children to be the their best," is from one of the greatest TV episodes in my lifetime.

October 26, 2014

"From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard"

Lovely story.

Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, he was living in a burned-out car in a Rwandan garbage dump where he scavenged for food and clothes. Daytimes, he was a street beggar. He had not bathed in more than a year.

When an American charity worker, Clare Effiong, visited the dump one Sunday, other children scattered. Filthy and hungry, Justus Uwayesu stayed put, and she asked him why.

“I want to go to school,” he replied.

Well, he got his wish.

This autumn, Mr. Uwayesu enrolled as a freshman at Harvard University on a full-scholarship, studying math, economics and human rights, and aiming for an advanced science degree. Now about 22 — his birthday is unknown — he could be, in jeans, a sweater and sneakers, just another of the 1,667 first-year students here.

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