My Half-Jewish Child Wants Christmas. I Don’t, Anymore.

By 

FRANCESCA KAPLAN GROSSMAN

For my entire Jewish childhood, I desperately wanted to celebrate Christmas. Now that I don’t, my half-Jewish children have begun the cycle of begging for a tree.

 

I Don’t Love My Second Child the Way I Love My First

By 

FRANCESCA KAPLAN GROSSMAN

 AUGUST 11, 2013 8:10 AM August 11, 2013 8:10 am 75

The sun isn’t high yet, and our sheets glow a little bit pink. I wake up slowly these days. Turn over once, check myself. Turn over twice. Check on Nick. Listen to the baby monitors that monitor our toddler children. I rub the cat’s head. She turns over. I scratch her belly. Even if it is not sunny, like it is today, even if it is grey and windy and icy and mean outside, I am content, because we are here.