Pictures in My Mind

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 31 August 2015 @ 6:55 am

I love snapping photographs of my children. I try not to go overboard. For their sake as well as for mine.

Today, we went on an adventure. Something that we don’t do very often. It’s hard to do things with Ben. It always has been. And, unfortunately, we got in the habit of taking the easier route. Which is to say — we just haven’t made a habit of doing things as a family. The other kids, therefore, are unaccustomed to doing the normal, fun things that other families do.

Warren’s cousin was here for the weekend. And we were determined to take advantage of the three-on-three defense strategy. Plus, it was his birthday so we were esepcially motivated to make it a fun weekend. So we chose —

inner tubing on the Delaware River!

We’d talked about doing it for years, but the timing just never worked for us. But this weekend was going to be different.

I’d be lying if I said that everything went smoothly. We got a much later start to the day. It took a great deal of convincing to get Ben into the car due to his anxiety. Ben likes to eat at High Noon so we needed to stop for lunch — even though we’d all recently had a late breakfast. And some other slight snafus.

But we got there.
And we had fun.

Not a single picture exists of the day in any form other than in my mind.

There was no way I was going to chance getting my phone wet. Plus, I didn’t want to chance missing a single moment of the experience. I wanted to live in the present. Without worrying about getting the perfect shot. Or any shot, for that matter.

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(This looks similar to the day we had today.)

It was a picture-perfect day. Just without the pictures.
One I’ll remember for a long time.

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Weekly Roundup: Planning Ahead

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 28 August 2015 @ 6:13 am

Weekly Roundup

I’m not exactly certain when it happened, but Lil has a new hobby. Baking.

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Not the Dunkin Heines kind of baking. The “from scratch” kind.

Take earlier this week. Ben got his braces removed and Lilly wanted to make something that had been on the list of forbidden foods. “Caramel,” she said. Except Ben isn’t a huge fan of caramel. Instead, she went online, got a bunch of recipes, and created a cupcake inspired by the caramel: a spice cupcake filled with apple-pie filling and topped with cinnamon buttercream frosting and a caramel drizzle.

Who is this kid?

That was on Monday.

Everything for tomorrow’s batch is measured and out on the counter. Uncle Andy is coming to visit this weekend and it’s his birthday. Not that Lil needs an excuse to bake…

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You’ve heard of the Bechdel test, right? It’s a way of determining whether a movie, or other type of media, is woman-friendly. In order to pass, the film must have (a) at least two women (b) who talk to each other (c) about something other than men. Though it apparently began as a type of joke, it has, in fact, become a common standard for feminist critics and plain, ole’ regular people alike.

But then this appeared in The Atlantic [Monthly] earlier this week:

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I didn’t write this article. I bring it up, however, because it is just such a mentschy move on Alison Bechdel’s part. She wants the world to know that the idea stemmed from a conversation she had with her friend, Liz Wallace. She didn’t have to do this. But, in her mind, it was the right thing to do. I think she should get serious mentsch points for that.

So from this moment forward, it shall be known as the Bechdel-Wallace test.

[Here’s a really great piece on being a mentsch by Guy Kawasaki.]

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Sure, camp is over. But it’s never too early to start taking notes for Summer 2016.

Camp Essentials

My friends over at Kveller asked me to come up with a list of beyond-the-obvious essentials for Jewish overnight camp. Did I miss anything? What would you add to the list?

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Have a great Shabbat…see you on the flip-side.

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On My Nightstand: NeuroTribes

August 26, 2015

I’ve read just about every book on autism spectrum disorders out there. When Ben was first diagnosed in 2006, I did what I always do when faced with something I don’t understand; I headed to the bookstore. Borders, z”l, was always first on my list because it was walking distance from our house. I devoured […]

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And They’re Off!

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Here is the thing about Ben’s autism and anxiety: every experience, even the good ones, cause him a great deal of angst. Today was the day he was scheduled to have his braces removed. A day, I had thought, he would anticipate with great excitement. After all, he’s had them on for a couple of […]

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Weekly Roundup: ELI Talk and more

August 21, 2015

It hardly seems possible that all three of the kids are home from camp. It really does seem as though they just left. This was our first summer with all of them gone at the same time…well, for part of the same time. Ben was away about four weeks longer than the littles. Now they […]

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On My Nightstand: Girl Waits With Gun

August 19, 2015

Back in 2002, I was yearning to get my hands dirty. In the garden, that is. It’s a feeling that, since my early twenties, rears its head every few years or so and is especially unexpected as I have a reputation of having somewhat of a black thumb. According to one of my rabbinical school […]

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On My Nightstand: The Perfect Son

August 12, 2015

Of all the novels available, I tend to steer clear of the ones where the protagonist or some other main character has one of the following issues: autism spectrum disorder Tourette’s Disorder anxiety disorder bipolar disorder In other words, pretty much any type of disorder…which ends with disorder. (Or movies. I don’t watch movies with […]

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On My Nightstand: The Art of Baking Blind

August 8, 2015

Those who know me, IRL or online, know that I am a bibliophile. I love the written word, and will voraciously consume books of nearly any genre. It seems only natural, therefore, for me to share my thoughts on my never-ending, or is it ever-growing, reading list. Which brings us to a new series — […]

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Weekly Roundup: Netflix and More

August 7, 2015

By now, the news that Netflix is rolling out a new parental leave policy has gone ’round the internet a few times. But who else would look at it through a Jewish lens? Another week without the kids here. I look at the pictures on the camp websites — when I remember — and wonder […]

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A Tale of Two Postcards

August 3, 2015

It is so very quiet here at Beit Schorr. All three kids are away at summer camp and it is very, very quiet. Wonderful silence. Yes, I miss my kids. In an abstract kind of way. Their imprint is still in every corner of our home. And I know that within moments of their return […]

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