Marta got a puppy – eight weeks new – smells like an old bowl of cereal – just so happy to be alive – oblivious of what lurks outside the veil – the hawk in the tree out back – electrical cords – the wheels of cars – antifreeze – goddamn poinsettias – goddamn humans – scares even me sometimes – 14 15 years from now he’ll be gone – I’ll be gone – but Marta will have been able to mother again – teaching to pee outside is meaning – I have envy. 

Puck, Huck, Huckleberry, Duke, Butch, Grady, Rabbit, Cody, Finn – the name is the problem – Marta says, “Rogan” so I say, “Rogaine” – I say, “JJ” so she says, “Vajayjay” – we both get mad – Tessa texts, “Rhaegal” – she’s deep into The Song of Ice and Fire – Drunk Marta can only think of Serbian names – that time when the veil was ripped down and all the dogs were either dead or dying – I say nothing.

I think Marta has settled on “Rocket” – I think I’m gonna call him “Rocky”.

Marta got a puppy – eight weeks new – smells like an old bowl of cereal – just so happy to be alive – oblivious of what lurks outside the veil – the hawk in the tree out back – electrical cords – the wheels of cars – antifreeze – goddamn poinsettias – goddamn humans – scares even me sometimes – 14 15 years from now he’ll be gone – I’ll be gone – but Marta will have been able to mother again – teaching to pee outside is meaning – I have envy.

Puck, Huck, Huckleberry, Duke, Butch, Grady, Rabbit, Cody, Finn – the name is the problem – Marta says, “Rogan” so I say, “Rogaine” – I say, “JJ” so she says, “Vajayjay” – we both get mad – Tessa texts, “Rhaegal” – she’s deep into The Song of Ice and Fire – Drunk Marta can only think of Serbian names – that time when the veil was ripped down and all the dogs were either dead or dying – I say nothing.

I think Marta has settled on “Rocket” – I think I’m gonna call him “Rocky”.

Dear Mr. Too,

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog – especially since I too have relatives who were connected to the Dutch Reformed Church. In fact, my great aunt, Aya, would often take in the orphaned children of the church’s missionaries who had been eaten by lions.

Coincidentally, we have her old photo album and the story of your first foster mother, Greta Holstein, made me remember one of the pictures from that album. I have attached it at the end of this email. I’m not exactly sure when you were adopted but 1961 seems to fit within that time frame.

Perhaps you are misremembering your foster mother’s name and this is actually an image of you. Wouldn’t that be weird?

Sincerely,
Petra Ahlers Thompson


I received this email, out of the blue, a couple of days ago. My Dutch is not too great these days but I think the back of the photo reads something like:

"devil child – 1961
would not wear pants”

I doubt very seriously that this is actually me as I have no memory of ever having a photograph taken back then but I guess anything is possible.

Dear Mr. Too,

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog – especially since I too have relatives who were connected to the Dutch Reformed Church. In fact, my great aunt, Aya, would often take in the orphaned children of the church’s missionaries who had been eaten by lions.

Coincidentally, we have her old photo album and the story of your first foster mother, Greta Holstein, made me remember one of the pictures from that album. I have attached it at the end of this email. I’m not exactly sure when you were adopted but 1961 seems to fit within that time frame.

Perhaps you are misremembering your foster mother’s name and this is actually an image of you. Wouldn’t that be weird?

Sincerely,
Petra Ahlers Thompson


I received this email, out of the blue, a couple of days ago. My Dutch is not too great these days but I think the back of the photo reads something like:

"devil child – 1961
would not wear pants”

I doubt very seriously that this is actually me as I have no memory of ever having a photograph taken back then but I guess anything is possible.

The Little League World Series is probably my favorite annual sporting event. It started today and one of the big stories is Mo’Ne Davis who pitched a shutout in the first game for her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania team. She dominated the Southeast USA representative from Tennessee who many thought of as one of the tourney favorites. So many awesome facets to this story.

The Little League World Series is probably my favorite annual sporting event. It started today and one of the big stories is Mo’Ne Davis who pitched a shutout in the first game for her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania team. She dominated the Southeast USA representative from Tennessee who many thought of as one of the tourney favorites. So many awesome facets to this story.