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    When your parents are cooler than you

    Friday, October 16th, 2009

    Once my mom and I were through discussing annual Diwali traditions over the phone today, conversation segued to family and my in-laws.

    “How is everyone?” she asked, “I know Suzy is very excited about Diwali.”

    “Are Joe and Claire doing good?”

    “How is little Ian? He’s going to be Elmo for Halloween!”

    She inquired about the usual suspects, and I followed up with four or five variations of “They’re fine.”

    Just when I thought we had gotten past formalities, she offered: “Well, Sonal is still sick, and Christina is getting sick too. …And Anne is now moving to Missouri, right?”

    I paused for a nanosecond, disoriented by my mother’s insight into the lives of folks I know more than she does. Then I laughed.

    “What’s so funny?” she asked.

    “Nothing,” I said, still amused. “You’re just a far better Facebooker than me.”

    Gratitude on Diwali

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Tonight, on the eve of the Indian New Year, Ben sent my family, friends and other loved ones a Diwali greeting.

    He understood the importance of the occasion among Indians, so he spent part of his workday creating beautiful, unique designs and sending them to me for my feedback and approval. He was excited to share them with me.

    “No, don’t use black,” I advised in Round 1.

    “Wait, put the stars back in,” I requested in Round 2

    “Hmm…I kind of liked the other one,” I offered in Round 3.

    This was my feedback — a lot of ‘do this, do that’ mumbo-jumbo.

    And though he always welcomes my reviews — even when they’re mainly comprised of criticism — here’s what I left out:

    “Thank you, Ben. Thank you for cherishing my culture, traditions and my family. You, too, are cherished.”

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