Sophie Hannah’s Arabs

I decided to reread Sophie Hannah’s mystery novels about miserable motherhood because I’m tired and the novels make me feel pleasantly superior. Whenever I have a free moment, I grab my Kindle, open it and read a few pages of these mysteries set in rural England. 

Imagine my shock when the first two lines I read in one of these sessions said, “Arabs reacted with dismay to the creation of the Jewish state.” 

“Sophie Hannah has gone entirely to the dogs!” I began to rant. “Why does she have to bring Arabs into it? It’s like people can’t write two lines without fretting about Arabs!”

After a 10-minute rant that Klara thoroughly enjoyed, I discovered that the book I was reading was actually Mandelbaum’s volume on foreign policy. 

Moral of the story: before labeling somebody an idiot, make sure you have the right idiot.

Day Care Tour #1

Since the Nanny Project fell through, I immediately started implementing another action plan. I deal with everything through making plans. As long as there is a plan in place, I feel like I’m in control and have no time to waste on bemoaning anything.

Plan #2 is looking into local day cares. Klara and I already visited one today and we are going on a tour of another one tomorrow. This Day Care #1 has in its favor the fact that a friend’s granddaughter has been attending it since she was 12 weeks old, and she loves it. She is the cutest, brightest, happiest 3-year-old girl I know in this town, so that’s a plus.

When I ask the girl’s mother about this day care, she always tells me that, “It’s the most expensive one. Expensive! It’s expensive!” And yes, at $309 per week, this is expensive not only in our region but pretty much everywhere. They don’t do part-time care but said they don’t mind me bringing Klara in only twice a week, as long as I pay. They also don’t mind me coming in during the day to play with Klara.

I have no idea what the explanation for the high price is and I don’t much care. They were telling me something about their educational program but I tuned out. I’m a walking educational program myself, so what do I care about their educational programs? I mean, it’s good they have it but whatever.

One thing I didn’t like was the food. Of course, food is not that relevant to Klara now, but what they feed the toddlers is way too American for my liking. And I wouldn’t mortify my kid by giving her special meals that would make her feel different. (Unless she asked me to do that, of course.) But hey, crappy food for lunch twice a week is not that big of a deal.

We don’t know anybody at Day care #2 that we are visiting tomorrow but it’s located in a really beautiful wooded area away from the highway.

Help Me Pick 

⚀ White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg 

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by Ned and Constance Sublette

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow

Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives by Karin Wieland

Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Frank Trentmann