Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Dear Marc, my daughter’s birthday is coming up. She will be four. Do you remember what you wished for when turning four? Did you wish for:
1. A doctor bag
2. A doll
3. Cinderella – the movie
So far, I think we can check everything off her list. But then she said she wanted to add the following items:
4. A toy stingray
5. A new yellow bowl, not broken mom
When I tell Vanja’s grandmother that she wants a new, unbroken yellow bowl for her fourth birthday I can’t help feeling that we’re talking about the wishes of a Rumanian orphan. And where do you find a toy stingray these days?
My own wish list today is:
1. A baby blanket from Couverture
2. More Ruth Reichl books
3. A toy doll that looks just like my son.
What do you wish for?
I just read a long interview with you.
This is what you said at the end of the interview:
“There are nights when I can’t sleep. I go into a fantasyland and tableau sort of thinking, like, Tonight would be the perfect night to say, ‘Honey, I’m really tired and worried about work. And tell me about your day.’ ”
“Do you think someone will read this and try to get in touch with me?” He looks hopeful. “If I read that about someone, I’d drop him a note.”
It will happen. Someone will read that and drop you a line. Until they do, would you also like a stingray? I also have a yellow bowl to offer, slightly broken.