Archive for November, 2009

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

yes, Virginia

darkness in late November comes at 5 o’clock. we four emerge into the damp gloom, make our way to the end of the block where the street is cordoned off. we are bundled within an inch of our lives, ridiculously so given the unseasonal warmth, the threatening rain. little family throngs are gathered already, waiting, […]

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009


it is nearly the end of term. the skies grow gray, the days grow short. the exam looms. and for students – hell, for me – dragging one’s carcass  out of bed to come to class gets harder and harder. teachers are a vast repository of entertaining if specious excuses for missed classes. we hear it […]

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

the fire escape

they were shorter than i remembered. coming home to a three-year-old and a one-year-old is a like entering a fun-house mirror. in your mind, these tiny creatures who whip your sorry ass out of bed at ungodly hours and spend half their waking moments trying to boss you into oblivion just seem…taller, somehow. they are […]

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009

here it comes again

i lean against a toyshelf that was once a changing table in a playroom that still contains within it an office. a child clambers over me and a sippy cup drips rice milk into the suit i never bothered to change after work, while the other child beats my head cheerfully with a hairbrush. brush mommy’s hair […]

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