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Take the Tooth, Leave the Money, and Go Away

October 15, 2018

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There are only two times in a person’s life that they willfully eject body parts. One occurs with advancing age, when random body parts prolapse and peek out from their usual hiding places within the body. The other is during early elementary school years, when baby teeth pop out at random, in order to make […]

Replacing A Baby With A Burrito

January 8, 2017

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  Life in the Boomer Lane is in Charleston, where Youngest Child and Daughter-in-Law have just produced their first child, after a mere 36-hour labor. DIL is a yoga  and natural food devotee and so was the perfect subject for the doula’s attempt to place her body in more positions than are contained in the […]

Coming in Third

June 13, 2016

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It’s pretty much a known fact that the diminutive size of First Newborns is, like Napoleon and smallpox, in inverse proportion to the upheaval they cause in people’s lives. While said newborns occupy their copious leisure time with sleeping, eating, and pooping, newly-minted parents create any number of mental crises over these seemingly innocent characteristics […]

Putting the Us Back in UterUs

March 9, 2016

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  Life in the Boomer Lane has noticed that, in addition to car keys, cell phones, and Kindles, she has also lost body parts. Her knee, brain cells, the better parts of several teeth, several inches of height, and her uterus are now history.  She had thought these were gone for good, until she saw […]

Video Chat Me Up

December 28, 2011

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An astute fan of mine, sometimes called Sande, other times called my son-in-law’s dad, alerted me to a piece in the NY Times about how family traditions have gone the way of everything else: into some virtual alternate universe world in which things just magically appear that look real but are probably figments of my […]

Word to Your Mother

July 21, 2011

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Adult children are generally like people who work at the same office with us.  We see them on a regular basis and we might even have lunch with them or go out for drinks after work or even go to their house for dinner.  We know things about their personal lives, especially when they are […]

Grandparenting and Other Aberrations of Nature

July 18, 2011

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Labor can be eerily similar to being a Christian during Roman times and being thrown to the lions.  Except you don’t even start out with any kind of weapon to defend yourself with.  And, unless you deliver your baby on the floor at Club Med on Greek Party Night, there aren’t people in togas, cheering.  […]

Labor Days

May 19, 2011

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Thanks to Newsweek, I now know that laughing gas is being touted as an aid during labor (the kind that ends in childbirth, rather than the kind that ends in a paycheck).  This got me to thinking about my own labors, in 1975, 1976, and 1980.  This was shortly after husbands began routinely appearing in […]

A 100,000 Year History of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Six Months Of Life

December 27, 2010

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For those of you who live someplace other than the bottom of my clothes-to-be-ironed basket, you are aware that the world is always changing.  And pregnancy, childbirth and young motherhood have changed along with it.  I am aware of this because I have an 18 month old grandson, Jonah.  Although he looks remarkably like the […]

Christmas in London: Santa is booked, but an elf might be available.

December 4, 2010

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                                                                                                                   As a Jewish American, I feel uniquely qualified to pass judgment on how the Brits celebrate their Christmas season.  All the same trappings are there: the trees, the lights, the shopping mania, the bleary-eyed pseudo-Santas roaming the streets.  But I am here to observe some of the differences.  After all, like with the English […]