Bringing up a Baby Abroad, The First Year

Namaz and Nightime Noises

For the first few weeks the call to prayer startled me from my sleep every night and again in the early morning.  The wail reached through my open window at an ethereal pitch.  Then, gradually, it became part of the background of night noises: dogs barking, neighbors chatting on their balconies, a child crying, early… Continue reading Namaz and Nightime Noises


Little Pupas

The most shocking part of parenting so far is looking up and realizing I'm the parent of a kid.  Some time in the last month or so my daughter has gone from babyhood to childhood.  She's a toddler - a small child - with a full-blown personality and mind and manners and opinions and conscious desires… Continue reading Little Pupas