Why did I go to work for the TSA? To try to connect with my father? To soothe various concerns as a new father myself? Was I researching a book? Having a midlife crisis? All of the above?
My father defaulted on his dreams, abandoned his daughter, and resigned himself to living on a futon in his parents’ living room. Then he bought a two-foot-tall stuffed rabbit.
The fact that I’ve always had an exact replica of my father, with a startlingly similar voice, mannerisms and, well, face, never really struck me as exceptional until he passed away.
The larger deception is that birth is only about life. In reality, the only certain thing about life is death and every birth contains that prospect.
The farther I am from my home in Zimbabwe, the farther I am from my mother and the daughter she remembers.
When my family made pilgrimage to Saudia Arabia in my grandmother’s memory, we were struck by the state of faith and war.
Though I’ve lived in more “storied” places, the physical space of the suburbs has shaped me more than any other.
To be newly pregnant is to feel uniquely unsafe. Here is one way to fall in love with an idea.
The day before he heard the prognosis, Rob Ford told me, “People hate me. I don’t know why.”
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