day 223 (later)

Well we THOUGHT all the heats were tonight but… We will be tuning in! Claudia is planning a bedroom mural. Tuck is about to take an exam on an hour sleep. Claudia just told him “Good luck, brother.” I love this family. Claudia dreamed this morning that our whole family — me, kids, Tuck —…

“hello, my cheerfully sober personages of humanity.”

Guess who. I took a quiz today and found out I am NOT, according to that list of books, “well-read”. But Guess Who was. Whatever. Claude completed her contribution to an add-by-mail art collaboration celebrating Mercury/Hermes… can you tell which are her bits? (Comes with teen anhedonia.) Béla wrote and mailed Darius a letter and…

you are my mother after all

Dear Mother, I am going to tell you the truth all of it, every last thing some of it you already know and some of it i think you don’t know or maybe you do because you are my mother after all. … (very personal, very moving letter to me, Tuck and Béla that I…

day 218: fall fall fall fall fall fall fall!

Oh what a lovely day with no pressure and plenty of walking. Kids had music lessons, so we had to putter about a bit home for that… but then it was off to our favorite pumpkin emporium where this year’s pumpkins were… novelties. Back at home we had some strange dreamlike hours where someone made…

day 217: the teeniest trojan horse.

Oh, the memories Tuck has given him over the years. They got all gluey, I shouted suggestions, and I worked on Béla’s sweater, which needs another preview! This weekend for sure. This is a BIG Halloween prep weekend and the weather is lovely for it. I’m so happy! and Béla is just over the moon…

day 215: this one goes out to the truly ignorant.

What is a “chosen family member”? I was asked today. It is gratifying to see people who DEFINE ignorance snort down your pearls of wisdom. It’s not like they made an actual LAW Center for such freaks, right? Oh. It’s interesting how easily you can see people get trapped in an honest reply when they…

day 214

Nothing in life prepares you for how much you will love your children… and some of the lucky among us are TWICE as unprepared for how much those children love us back! We here at home are in a “can’t get enough time with each other” phase, leading to long silly nights, and making plans…

day 213: the blues of achilles

Put Joe Goodkin and his Homeric jams up there with Marc Rebillet, Flula Borg, Anderson .Paak, on the list of musicians we’ve fallen in love with during the pandemic. Béla read us a chapter of “The Halloween Tree” and we watched an episode of “Kingdom” — checking off our Spookies for the day — but…

day 212: we are here

What a day for Béla! He was thrilled to come home and find his new winter pants and “pre-loved” flannel shirts — he looks like a right little grunge kid. He is intrigued by the books I ordered for him (so am I) AND, when Tucker went to Da Vinci Art Alliance, the guy SPECIFICALLY…

day 211: treasure these days

I don’t know if I mentioned but in addition to finding some books I think Béla will quite enjoy, I found a company that sells very high-quality flannel button-downs — each which had a previous owner. These pre-loved shirts are only $40 for four and Béla has a big mail day! A much-awaited Halloween surprise…