Category Archives: Mothers

Who Made this Grave

A few days before the actual Day of the Dead, I picked up my son from his Montessori school and we strolled together down Morelia’s Calzada, a ficus-lined cobblestone pedestrian avenue that stretches from the colonial city’s pink stone aqueduct … Continue reading

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Roots and Wings and the Story (for Mother’s Day)

I grew up on a farm in your quintessential middle-of-nowhere. While my dad cursed his cows and tractors and broken down trucks—“peckerhead” should have been my first word, my mom nursed a vast  vegetable garden, a flock of Thanksgiving turkeys … Continue reading

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Comparative Parenting, or, Freezing My Babies in Mexico

“Señora, his feet!” The woman rushing at me over the cobblestones, well-dressed in a beige pantsuit, all but gasped in horror. I stopped pushing my son’s flimsy stroller, but before I could defuse the situation, she had my toddler’s bare … Continue reading

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La Venganza Baby

La venganza—that’s what stomach distress is called in Mexico. Moctezuma’s revenge on Mexico’s invaders. La venganza set in for me the Saturday before Christmas. We’d been at a party until our toddler broke Baby Jesus out of the nativity scene … Continue reading

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On Backpacks and Babies: An Auto-Cartography

This essay is the first of my Glimpse.org articles to go live. You can read the whole essay at http://glimpse.org/on-backpacks-and-babies-an-auto-cartography/ This morning, Steve and I woke up late and tired because our two-year-old had been up twice in the night … Continue reading

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Hands-On Treatment

While the U.S. is getting its underwear in knots over airport pat-downs, here in Mexico I’m starting to long for a little hands-on treatment. From my O.B. Yes, it’s gotten to the point—34 weeks, to be precise—that I look at … Continue reading

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The Bravest Woman in Mex—the World?

I have been intending to write one day about the female police officers here in Mexico. There are many of them, and that surprised me. I am not above stereotyping Mexicans as machistas and pretty señoritas, as tough guys and … Continue reading

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