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We are taking the little one for a ride on her new sled. It is bright orange, with a fuzzy black and white seat cover to keep her extra warm. Her tiny hands in tiny gloves hold the sides as tight as she can. I pull her down a path, shouting "woohooo" and then she replies "woohoo". N's turn is next, pulling her more schoolgirl than mother for a few minutes. There are other parents with children on sleds passing us. Their eyes straight forward, faces completely blank they slip by in silence. I flash a smile to them, and they do not even look at me. I am not there, just another tree leaning towards the stream that runs below.

There are ducks still, flapping around the brackish water and we throw pieces of stale bread to them. I start to think, not about the complete absence of smiles in this culture. I stopped asking about that long ago, told over and again that smiles are reserved for home, behind closed doors. But I wonder, for the children -  these wiggling bu…

not now

i cannot write today. i want to, but there are much more important things going on right now. i cannot turn an elegant phrase this Monday. The phones are ringing all day, and I must answer them and solve some major issues as fast as possible. E is OK. N is OK. The cat is  - well, she always has a tough time. With luck I will write later in the week, for the first time. Or a double for next week. I promise.

OK, the phone is ringing.

And in my head a song is banging around...

I imagine a moment after this black and terrifying one I am in now, one where I can be silly.

Comments

Hey, got your email. And I totally understand! We'll send a really cool Christmas card when we get closer to the date! My girlz would love a Russian penpal!!
best!
julianne
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