photo by: KARINA ANASTASIA ROCHE
Topanga Homegrown keeps us in fashionable Topanga styles at affordable prices.
Letâs talk about the children, their summer, their entry back to school.Â Moments when ânormal lifeâ miraculously appears.Â New words now normalizedâcoronavirus, self-isolating, masks, antibodies, hospitals, and funerals.Â This column is for families and how history forever imprints itself on what we are living through.
Eight-year-old NathanialâsÂ composition:Â
âNothing Can Take Happiness Away.âÂ Sung to a sweet tune, the lyrics are: âHappiness is a wonderful feeling/Nothing can take happiness away./Itâs a wonderful feeling/Everything is great when youâre happy/Happiness is a wonderful thing.âÂ He sings with such sadness it could break your heart.
My daughter, Sarah, and her daughter, Maddie whoâs four, are going to the park to play with a little girl whoâll be at school in Madeleineâs pre-K class.Â Sweet older brother, William, gives her his backpack heâs stuffed with her treasures, especially Maddiesâs red velvet purse.Â Â
My engaged grandniece plans a wedding for Spring, 2022.Â The familyâs hoping all the backlogged 2020 weddings will have mostly cleared.Â âSave the Dateâ will be mailed in October 2020 for two-and-a-half years out.
MyÂ granddaughter, Izzy, whoâs eleven calls twice today, sensing how much she liftsÂ my spirits.Â My eyes well withÂ tears.
From my daughter: âThe five of us are watching a movie and I tear up.Â Maddie pipes up, âMommy, are you crying?âÂ She stops me from wiping my tears, says, âThatâs a kid job.Â Iâll go get the toilet paper.âÂ She runs to the bathroom, comes back with the teeniest piece, clears my eyes, then puts it under my nose.Â âBlow,â she says. âYouâll need a bigger tissue,â so Maddie runs to get it. Each time we watch a movie, my little one checks to see if Iâm crying.âÂ Â Itâs moments like these that can save us.The WashingtonÂ Post:Â In a two-week span, 100,000 children have tested positive for corona virus.French cousin Yves:Â âAboutÂ Franceâs inheritance laws, you cannot disinherit your children.Â If you remarry and have more kids, theyâre also in the will.â
Marsha de la O: âThe Child Who Escaped into a Tree.â I still visit that tree sometimes, nowÂ that youâre in your thirties,/ the crookÂ of theÂ trunk higher these days than any/Â foolish mother could reach. But back/Â then IÂ lifted you into the duskÂ and bright/of leaves, fresh dappled air silkeningÂ /one branch up. Was she more sure/Â of herself than I thought, or was it/ontologicalâwhatÂ new-sprung world/Â is thisÂ canopy-one,Â to grass to grow,/Â to go home to? IÂ tried to change her/mind, cajoled andÂ commanded, but/Â greenâsÂ not silent, it speaks its praise/of light and shadow even in a slight/Â breeze,Â and a young primate harkens./Up she scrabbledÂ into small rooms/Â ofÂ luster, lit leaves,Â green fire, plush/shadow; she climbed into velvet./Â She gotÂ away from meâthis/soul, this agile monkey-creature,Â my only one, held in the greenÂ body/of the worldÂ by a greensoundÂ song.âÂ
ZivÂ in Palo Alto is surrounded by threeÂ fires.Â âSunday there were 367Â lightning strikes with hail and rain. The redwoods are now on fire.Â Last night the pollution measured 414 soÂ IÂ took the kids to our friends twenty minutes north.Â Thanks to the crazy microclimates, the airâs clear here.Â They say the Bay area has the worst airÂ on the planet.â
Andy says at the end of his two-hour undergraduate class in Art, Design and Visual Culture, 58 students turn on their mics and thank him for the class. âThatâs never happened before,â he says.
ClareÂ inÂ Alabama, tells me about Nick Saban, Alabamaâs football coach who, with his TuscaloosaÂ team and others, march for an end to social injustice.
More than 20Â NYU students suspended for breakingÂ coronavirus rules.Â NortheasternÂ dismisses 11 students for gathering in a hotel room.Â North Carolina State University is closingÂ student housingÂ amid covid-19 outbreak on campus.
Cathy reportsÂ about the birth of Wes Blumenthal.Â Just core family members attended the bris and the rest of the invitesÂ watched on Zoom.Â CircumcisionÂ brought to you by Zoom.Â
From my grandson William whoâs eight:Â âWhat if people could buy Pokemon cards on their computers that I could trade with them?â
SaluteÂ to Topanga Homegrown and owners, Leslie Carlson and Jane Hoover who opened the womenâs, menâs, and babiesâ clothing store in September 2000. Theyâve since added toys for toddlers.Â Homegrown keeps us in fashionable Topanga styles at affordable prices. Itâs a friendly place to shop where merchandise is artistically arranged. Even the window displays catch my eyes.Â Leslie retired two years ago but Jane continuesÂ making available things like fun kitchen towels, cards for occasions, and a tempting array of one-of-a-kind items.Â She mentions a line of stuffed animals,Â or âstuffies,â from England where Jane is from, called âJelly Catsâ that fly off the shelf.Â A feeling of wellbeing permeates me and others when we cross the threshold.Â May Jane and Tarra, her helpful employee, survive during these difficult times.