Mercena’s Aesthetic of Liberation

So a few days ago my child Mercena sat down at the dinner table as I cooked for her and said she needed to draw a castle. When her muse strikes, everything else stops, and she works until she’s finished (or until we have to pry her away to school or bed). This drawing cameContinue reading “Mercena’s Aesthetic of Liberation”

Coloring Outside the Lines

Mercena West Schulenburg doesn’t really need any other ways of being different. At her school, she’s the only kid with two female parents, the only one with a trans parent, and the only vegetarian, meaning she eats different food from her classmates almost every day. And so it would be entirely reasonable if she decidedContinue reading “Coloring Outside the Lines”

The Magic Coins of Privilege

How do we teach our children to lose? The art of losing may not be hard to master, but losing gracefully is another matter. My mother told me many early games of Candy Land ended in temper tantrums. And as children are mostly our childhood sins returned upon our own heads, I thought of myContinue reading “The Magic Coins of Privilege”

Washing Blackberries at the Sink

WASHING BLACKBERRIES AT THE SINK You wanted to wash the blackberries yourself, you said. I lifted you up to sit on the sink and made the water run. One by one you plucked them from my hand to wash them, then eat them, your other hand your other hand holding your balance by pushing againstContinue reading “Washing Blackberries at the Sink”