The drafts of this have evolved over the past few years. I remember first opening up my notepad while living in Israel, exhausted by how openly and often the question was asked.

I’ve toned the language down a bit since then, I guess pregnancy has made me soft.

I opened my mom’s birthday card last month, and a clipping dated 2/4/1989 fell out. It was from The Chicago Tribune, and my dad had written at the top ‘Grandad Comiskey’ — indicating that his dad had initially shared it with him. The title is ‘The manifold joys of motherhood’, and the…

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The monsters turned out to be just trees.

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