first wink

“One eye is winking, two eyes is sleeping” 11th June 2014 Early’s started pointing 9th June 2014 Early’s started shaking her head (to say no) Wednesday 11th June 2014

Otto’s dream, recounted this morning

I dreamed about a lost and found office. It had green and yellow and white and it had sugar on top and it had all different kinds of stories in it. It had orange pages and yellow pages. It had different kinds of colored pages. It’s a magazine! It’s called Lost and Found in the…

childhood shoe saved by mother

I have been working on the complicated database for One Brown Shoe. It lists amongst other things the shoemakers names, shoes sizes in inches (l x w x h), and their provenance. The materials lists of bits and bobs found lying around one hundred houses read like poetry. My favourite: “Childhood shoe saved by mother,…

early Early days

During these early days of near continuous breastfeeding and not sleeping and tiny constant changes I find myself thinking very often of Mother’s Days. In that community of forty-four mostly strangers’ daily records I am finding solace and sistership, humour and comfort. When I am wrestling with a gassy baby for hours at night I…

What is that?

Every day Otto asks me a thousand times what things are. He knows now that everything has a name, but not that the names stay the same. He points at an object several times with the same quizzical/hopeful expression each time. In order to be the patient parent I pretend to be, I imagine my…

My Life From the Outside

This is an image I have imagined a hundred times. Our kitchen window overlooks a set of public steps and has no opaque curtains. Every evening I imagine our teatimes as tiny, absurdist plays. When Otto drops his spoon I wonder if at that moment perhaps a jogger passed and watched briefly. My tuesday open…

What do we do all day?

I decided to find out what proportion of the day Otto spent doing things. Playing; with what & how? Tipping, drinking, pointing, jumping and so on. I imagined a complicated pie chart. I ordered a stopwatch and waited for a day my dad visited so one hand would be free to press start and stop…

Baby & Magician’s Suitcase

1. One year ago I purchased a magician’s suitcase. It held twenty-one magic props. Every object once had a very specific application that caused magic to occur. I don’t know what any of these specific applications are. 2. I recently took my 18 month old son to an Infant Cognition Centre. They performed an experiment…