Sometimes time zones, laundry, and the algorithms of Facebook mean we miss each other online. So I'm sharing my recent, favorite links for you to read when you get a chance.
Here's some fun articles to make you laugh and make you think. This week, we've got touching stories with airport strangers and Japanese fathers-in-law, pithy parenting wisdom, gangs and kinship, and tricks to text in Spanish.
Gate A-4 || Live & Learn
"We called her son, I spoke with him in English. I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane. She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it. Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and found out of course they had ten shared friends. Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian poets I know and let them chat with her? This all took up two hours."
My Father-In-Law Made Me The Mother I Am || Brain, Child
"I may have loved my father-in-law, but I was terrified of having his grandchildren—or any child, for that matter. Not because of who or how Otosan was, but simply because having children is terrifying if you go into it with eyes-wide-open. At age 40, the year Toru and I wed, my eyes were pretty wide open."
Winners: The Best Parenting Advice In Six Words || The New York Times Motherlode
"Someday they'll grow a frontal lobe."
"What doesn't kill you - tries to."
"Pay attention, but not too much."
The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship || On Being
"A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation of businesses. This is not work of helping, he says, but of finding kinship. The point of Christian service, as he lives it, is about 'our common calling to delight in one another.'"
Spanish "Netspeak" || Latinaish
"Learning a second language in the days before the internet was probably more straightforward. You learned how to speak, understand, read, and write it. Aside from the standard vocabulary, you may also have learned some slang. However in the age of chat, text, and social media you must also learn the “netspeak” or “chat language” of your second language."