A poetic tradition

“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”- Susan Lieberman So my six year old was given an assignment A poem about September he had to invent Nothing complicated, but it was great fun To put together rhyming lines […]

Mothering pains

I have a confession to make here There is nothing nowadays that I fear More than meeting other mothers on weekends For children’s activities- I’d rather run mundane errands   For each time mothers meet, the topics of conversation Revolve around the extent of their enthusiastic participation In their children’s lives- soccer practice, dance recitals […]

Pink or blue? Any color would do

I am in the process of arranging a birthday party for my son to which both boys and girls are invited. We managed to find a gender neutral venue and theme, but it has been difficult to find objects for goodie bags that are not gender-specific (even pencils and erasers have clearly segregated themes-princesses for […]

Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

“Kniphofia /nɪpˈhoʊfiə/, also called  red hot poker, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa.  All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured.“- Wikipedia As I strolled through the stretches […]

Creative life

“To live  a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”-Joseph Chilton Pierce Conform, blend in, behave- so goes the litany Of commands handed out freely To children, by adults who are anxious To mould them into citizens conscious Of the unwritten laws of the society To make them abide by rules of propriety- So within […]

Parenting lessons from the Titanic

Reading the story of the Titanic with my son Was for both of us a brand new lesson It was a book written for a preschooler With simple sentences and many pictures Not different from his other books in that sense But it was a story viewed through a very different lens For my five […]