Comes this cute little T from the Lucy Stone League, which advocates for name choice equality in the spirit of Lucy Stone, the first American woman to keep her birth name after marriage, back in 1856. Get yours today and support a noble cause!
Haiku to Lucy Stone: Female pioneer/First to say: No way, hubby/dear. My name, it stays.
You sleep so soundly
Unaware tomorrow is
your first birthday. Wow.
Dear Audrey -
I just went up and checked on you in your crib. One year ago, almost to the hour, I began the labor that ended with meeting you, Audrey Henderson Noga. From your smooth, uncomplicated birth to the surprise of your red hair to your sunny, easy-going disposition, you’ve been such a welcome healing force in my evolution as a mother. Thank you.
Before you were born, as a trio, our family never felt unbalanced. But when
Audrey celebrates the big O-N-E
we brought you home, somehow it just felt more right. Maybe it’s having one child of each gender. Or one with each of our names.
I’m so deeply glad your dad and I reached that decision about your last name. Really, it’s going to be you who makes the decision whether matrilineality continues. Of course I hope you do decide to pass Noga on to your children. But that’s a long time away.
Now, as an almost-walking, blueberry-loving, big-brother-adoring one-year-old, you’ve ensconced yourself as a full member of our household. I’m so grateful you’re here, little one. Happy birthday.
Just found, forgotten
in drawer, once of value
now a relic: film
Discovered in catchall drawer under lightbulbs and paint samples. One unshot roll of Kodak 400. 24 exposures. What shall I do with it, besides capture it digitally as a kind of visual homage to irony? Ideas?