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  • because we live in the United States where things are really rather materialistically beneficial for children. There is healthy food. There are reasonable shoes. There isn't broken glass everywhere or garbage in the streets or anything like a spring malaria epidemic that takes the lives of infants or other such preventable tragedies ... so why are my children the kind of beings who can't find socks or shoes they like ANYWHERE and then complain that because I have been looking for new shoes at the mall for hours and hours which leads to the fact that I haven't washed the one pair of seamless socks that they like, they can't wear any shoes at all or go anywhere, and so on, such that we're all screaming about one another's shortcomings all the way to JCC Camp which is thankfully simply two minutes away. At least this. Then, even worse, the kids who aren't complaining about socks are upstairs and they stay up all night and sleep ALL day. They stay in their rooms, they read quips on their Tumblr sites, plan an upcoming expensive weekend at 'Gathering of the Vibes' while drinking bottled artificially colored drinks --- all summer long --- and not just this summer mind you but for what is now almost eight summers. How can this be.

    This is just to say that the dog, asleep beneath the fan by my side, is currently my only friend alongside some ideas I have about survival & empathy and writing.

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