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About Projected Progenitor

Projected (adj.) (prə-ˈjekt-ed): From the 15th Century Anglo-French 'projector,' from Latin 'projectus.' Devised in the mind, predicted. Progenitor (n.) (prō-ˈje-nə-tər): Middle English, from the 14th Century Anglo-French 'progenitour,' from Latin 'progenitor,' meaning 'to beget.' An ancestor in the direct line, foreparent.

Rosie.

In all your three-and-three-quarter years, your dad and I have – on only a few occasions – failed to read you a bedtime story. The first time, it was your birthday and it unfolded full of fanfare and your first … Continue reading

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A letter to my daughter, on the eve of a brand new year.

Dear Kid, Last night, I insisted you brush your teeth before bed. You acquiesced, albeit complainingly, to your mother’s lofty demands – stomped off toward the bathroom as I followed, a few paces behind, with the robe I intended to … Continue reading

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A brown lady’s legacy: On guts, dreams and being great (already).

Dear Kid, Everything you have you have because your family before you had not much of anything save guts and a dream. Just ask Zeidy. Long before he’d spoil you with oversized pink teddy bears and pop-up books, he had … Continue reading

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Fish tales.

Dear Kid, What for having read all those books about how to raise children to be the harbingers of crunchy, progressive kick-assery, I, your loving mother, am gearing up to say something absolutely brilliant when you tell me (because, of … Continue reading

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Twirl.

Dear Kid, You weren’t yet three when some bubble-headed brat (or, more probably, the daughter of one) told you you couldn’t be her friend because you wore “the wrong clothes” to school one day. Your major offense: A pair of pants. … Continue reading

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The Proposal.

Dear Kid, I was proposed to for only the second time in my life this week.  My special someone told me she loved me “soooo much” before planting a sloppy kiss on my cheek. She gave me her favorite snap … Continue reading

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Oh, brother, where art thou?

Dear Kid, There was a time, a brief interlude not so long ago, when you scarcely noticed the stuff other people had that you didn’t. Your basic needs were satisfied and so were you. And then just like that… You’re … Continue reading

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