In yourself, or: In a better future

A 'Waltz Wave' por- tals ex- ist, my child; that, perhaps, is what I'd most like to impart to you while you yet perceive me as an au- thori- ty in your budding world - just - be- lieve. ‘What do you see’ Prompt #170 image credit: Sylvian Sarrailh @ Digiartque The 'waltz wave' poem… Continue reading In yourself, or: In a better future

Until she learns to sew

d’Verse prosery My plush, I'm told, is beautiful; and I suppose I'm glad it seems so… certainly for my child's sake. I taught myself the blind stitch specifically to prevent her from seeing the despair that binds these sundry cottony sheets. Everything I do is stitched with its color, but the threads are all cleverly… Continue reading Until she learns to sew

Father, or: Cure

An American sentence: Treating and bandaging my wounds is my parental priority. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the… Continue reading Father, or: Cure

Spoiled, or: Happy

A 'Shadorma' I confess We have spoiled our child; She enjoys receiving gifts on holidays, birthdays, and throughout the year. Our spoiled child decided to bake chocolate cookies for her entire class, just to share in her happiness. ‘What do you see’ Prompt #166 For Sadje’s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offers this photo of a… Continue reading Spoiled, or: Happy

Breakfast, or: Afternoon

A 'Shadorma' I teach my child to think about words; to break them apart. I say, "Breakfast is 'breaking' your 'fast' when you wake." My child bursts with unexpected insights. One morning, at breakfast, she exclaims, "after- -noon is 'after' 'noon'!" ‘What do you see’ Prompt #161 For Sadje’s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offers this… Continue reading Breakfast, or: Afternoon

The exam for advanced second-graders

In Israel, there's a state exam for second-graders that aims to identify advanced students. There are two stages of this exam; the children who pass the first stage go on to the second, more challenging stage. I don't have all of the information about this exam, but, essentially, children who are identified as "advanced" are… Continue reading The exam for advanced second-graders

Three parenting highlights from Simchat Torah

Some tidbits of context As I've noted, Simchat Torah (literally: 'The Joy of the Torah') is the final holiday of the Jewish High Holy Day season in Israel that begins with Rosh haShannah (literally: 'The Head of the Year'). As somebody who lacks the basic tenets of faith that underlie the theological intentions behind the… Continue reading Three parenting highlights from Simchat Torah

Temporary, or: Forever

An American sentence: His child's "help" building their sukkah was useless but filled him with purpose. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading Temporary, or: Forever