At least twice a year I update this space with letters to our daughters. Occasionally I'll update featuring someone who seems particularly notable or inspiring for the Heroes for My Daughters Section. I write things. I make things. I take pictures of things. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to know more, contact me.
Today you are 11 years old.
You continue to be brilliant and funny and so weird. You crack yourself up all the time. One of my favorite things to do is make you laugh. You’re getting to the age where you think I’m corny or embarrassing, but every now and then I will say something and you legitimately laugh. Continue reading...
A Letter to Our Youngest Daughter on Your 5th Birthday
You are 5 years old today.
Last week I chaperoned a field trip with your kindergarten class. Normally, I try to drive my own car and meet the bus, but this time I went to school with you, rode the bus, walked around the zoo with you and a friend, then rode the bus back. You were so excited for me to go with you and on the bus you talked and sang and just had so much fun. At one point, one of the teachers asked, “Does she just wake up singing?”
When I first met Bonnie Tinker she was coming out of jail. I was legal observing for a large anti-war march where she and her son had been arrested. Her wife, Sara, waited patiently outside the jail with us for hours while Bonnie and their son were booked on various charges. Police had used unprovoked violence, pepper-spray, rubber bullets, and bean-bag rounds against unarmed activists in a misguided attempt at crowd control.
Late into the night we were getting updates from inside the jail and I would talk to Sara to give her any news we’d received. Finally, in the early morning hours Bonnie and her son were released. I wrote down their names, charges and court dates so we could provide them with attorneys, then made sure all of them had a safe ride home. Continue reading...