This essay originally appeared on Washingtonpost.com on November 11, 2018. It was around 1:30 a.m. when I gave up on sleeping. I sat up in bed and pulled open the curtain to take in the humidity-hazed Tokyo skyline. My thinking muddied by jet lag, I attempted to calculate the time at home. It would be … Continue reading Parenting involves a lot of tough choices. Deciding to see the world, though, was easy.
Facing my fear: becoming pregnant again after a miscarriage
This essay originally appeared in The Guardian on July 8, 2016. The first sign we had that I was pregnant again was a home test. I peed on the plastic wand and then attempted to putter casually about the kitchen for three minutes as I waited for the result. When I finally looked, the second … Continue reading Facing my fear: becoming pregnant again after a miscarriage
From tragedy, a holiday tradition
On Thanksgiving, my parents will set up chairs for the usual crowd: immediate family, my aunt, a handful of cousins. And if this year is like most others, there will also be an extra place or two set for the annual itinerants: an out-of-town visitor, a family friend without other plans, a college roommate far … Continue reading From tragedy, a holiday tradition