From the category archives:

Fun with mama and papa

Things I Learned

February 6, 2014

Last year I learned something so shocking that it has taken me up until now to discuss it with you. I learned that literally now also means figuratively. And not just according to people who don’t understand how language works and have been using it incorrectly for years. No. According to the dictionary. This makes […]

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Exciting Business Opportunity!

February 3, 2014

A few weeks ago I had a brilliant idea. It shone so bright that I had little choice but to accept the fact that it was inspired by nothing less than genius. I decided to share it with Mama and Papa and Russian Aunt, Mama’s sister, who is visiting from Russia for a few months. […]

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Learning English

January 22, 2014

I went to the dacha this past weekend with my parents and my mother’s sister, who is visiting from Russia. She has been taking English classes in St. Petersburg so we were excited to practice the language with her. Unfortunately, shortly after her plane landed, she took a vow of silence where English was concerned […]

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Emails from Mama

August 13, 2013

This year, for Mama’s birthday, Papa bought her a tablet. It was a bold move, considering that Mama is a proud luddite, still hasn’t mastered the cell phone and I suspect hopes that the internet is a phase. I’ve never seen Mama use the computer, and any time I’ve responded to one of her questions […]

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Mid-Summer Advice

July 14, 2013

Next month Mama and my 15 year old daughter are going on a two week trip to Scandinavia and Russia. They are both really looking forward to it, and my son is planning some sort of Unfairness Litigation against them since he is being Left Behind. They’ll probably seek Snowden-type asylum in Russia to avoid […]

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July 12, 2013

One evening last week after I returned home from work, Mama told me that she threw out my toothbrush. She said it in a very casual manner, the way you might tell someone that they are out of cumin and may want to pick some up the next time they are at the market. You […]

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They Must Be Giants

June 24, 2013

I forgot to tell you that my son and Mama are in California this week. I’m sorry, I thought you knew. It’s not my fault that the Blogging by Telepathy app hasn’t been perfected yet. Stop looking at me like that. Mama took my daughter to San Francisco when she was 12, and my son […]

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When It Rains

May 24, 2013

Yesterday it rained in NYC. A lot. I don’t know how much exactly, but there were multiple raindrops. Papa was picking up my son from school and they got soaked on the way back. I know this because I got a text from my son saying that he and Ddude (short for Dedulya, the Russian […]

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