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The Girl on the Lawn

Forget anxiety, overcaution, or just plain unhappiness. The real problem with parenting is philosophy.

Juliet is on the front lawn. She is four. Above her head brittle leaves dangle, then fall. It is October. She looks up. She sees an airplane moving above the clouds. As a two-year old she thought that her grandparents lived on an airplane and would occasionally come down to visit her. She knows better now. And yet still, when we see airplanes overhead, she stops what she is doing and says, “Oh! Hi Grandma. Hi Pa!”

She is four. Day by day this front lawn seems smaller and smaller to her. Her mother and I are her entire world, though she has begun to drift from us each day. Slowly. Imperceptibly. Like the drifting of continents. When she looks up now, she sees above the trees, above the clouds, above the airplane. “Is that where God lives?” she asks. I don’t answer her. “If a plane went up, up, up, would it be in Heaven?” she asks. “Or could we take a rocket ship?”

Her Grandmother has told her about God. My wife and I largely ignore the... Continue Reading

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Aug 27
  • Truffled: Warning sign for truffle oil, an ingredient only used by chefs who cry themselves to sleep. Menu-speak translations.
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