Sunday

Now he has again preceded me a little in parting from this strange world. This has no importance. For people like us who believe in physics, the separation between past, present and future has only the importance of an admittedly tenacious illusion.Albert Einstein upon the death of his dear friend Michele Besso When I learn that people are dying or have cut to the chase, I always feel a surge of resolve to live even harder, push even further. It may be that this is an illusion, that we are just one collective being, that we occur and reoccur, but…

Sunday

Yesterday, I spent the entire afternoon writing our trip itinerary. This is the very first time we have ever been so precise with our trip planning. It feels strange. I don’t like to travel like this, to know which train to take, to know precisely how much the admission fees will be and where we’ll eat dinner. But four kids and only four days to see three cities requires organization and foresight. After all the work I have been doing to prepare for the trip combined with the housework and homework work I have put in during the last two…

Wednesday

Today is the halfway mark of my summer vacation and the kids are driving me bananas. I made the mistake of not waking them up at 6 and everyone is completely off-kilter now. One of the hardest parts of raising kids in a second language is helping them with their homework. Language arts and word problems are the worst. Think about how hard it is to do algebra and geometry in your first language. Now trying doing it hanging upside down from a set of rusty monkey bars. Barrels of fun. Lately I have felt frustrated by long distance friendships….