Growth.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This week on the Equals Record: revisiting the wonders of childhood, in a most unexpected way. 


As always, a short excerpt from the new post: "When I moved to New York in 2009, [my niece] Calla turned one. As her aunt, babysitter, and—as my sister-in-law once kindly referred to me—her real-life fairy godmother, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of witnessing the numberless spectacular and bewildering transformations that occur in the first few years of life. 'Can you imagine one day we’ll have a real conversation with her?' I remember asking my brother. Today, three years later, we not only have conversations, but discussions. The baby who once did little more than babble can now ride a scooter, sit through chapter books, make correct use of the word confidant, and identify several obscure varieties of pasta. (Anyone familiar with strozzapreti? She is.)"


Read the rest on the Equals Record, here. The archive for my weekly column, Looking Forward (about the ups and downs of "growing up" in my twenties), can be found here. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Top photo by Max Wanger. Bottom photo: unknown.

11 comments:

layla guest said...

I said it on the Equals Record, but I'll say it again here... Thank you for capturing the magic of growing up (at any age) so beautifully.

hiladil said...

Calla sounds delightful! A beautiful piece.. I always look forward to your equals record posts. Great Picasso quote. :)

Carol Rial said...

I read it last night before going to bed. Fell asleep with a smile in my face, feeling grateful for witnessing my baby's growth every single day. Beautiful writing. Thank you, Shoko.

tara said...

So well written. I love that she only thought you were 8. :) It's so fun to get to watch loved ones grow up!

Shoko said...

Layla, thank you for your lovely comment. I'm so happy you liked it.

Hilary, she is indeed delightful! :)

Melody Rowell said...

Another beautiful post, Shoko! Your writing comes across as so unassuming and effortless-- definitely the mark of a fairy godmother, if I've ever seen one.

Shoko said...

Melody, that's the sweetest - thank you!

laura // BOOKM▲▲RKS said...

thanks for your lovely writing as a reminder to embrace changes as we grow everyday. adore your writing, as always!!

Kayla Poole said...

I left a comment on the equal records post but wanted to let you know here how much this piece moved me (and reminded me of all my own tiny students!).

Shoko said...

Thank you, thank you!

Kayla, your comment made me tear up - so glad you liked this piece.

aliceinbo said...

Spellbinding pic, and I agree at all with Picasso!!!

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