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So here’s the deal: We’re going to drop our kids off at your house next Tuesday somewhere in the 11ish range, and we really do need to be at the airport for check-in by 1 p.m., so we may not have a lot of time to chit-chat etc. though we promise a major download when we come back from Costa Rica and bunk in with you that night. The kids really are easy and self-directing. All you need to know is that Cesar CANNOT have any nuts or nut traces within 500 yards of him — I know you live in the city and that’ll be hard to guarantee 100 percent, but we’re thinking that with you in the media, neighbors will be more willing to comply — and that if Elsa wants to wear a black shroud to school and around the house that’s okay, but please talk to her about the possible cultural implications of telegraphing to the community that may interpret her actions as mocking Islamic culture, which is something we do not allow in our home. We’re a very culture-positive household and we really do insist that the other caretakers of our children — and you’re totally right! they are OUR children, ours and yours, at least for the two months we’ll be in Costa Rica — keep the energy flowing in the same direction.

Also: Not sure about schools in the area. We’re not crazy about having the kids out of school for the two-ish months we’ll be in Costa Rica. Can you investigate schools in your area? Thnx!

Last thing: The little one is still breastfeeding and we really do have a thing about that, so we’d like you to keep that up.

Okay, so those are all of the details I can think of right now. I’ll keep adding to a list that I’ll drop off with you when we see you! Again, thanks for your wonderful work on MSNBC and your wonderful message about raising kids in a community of parents!

Much Love,

Kit and Gerri

PS: Tyler is my partner’s son from a previous relationship. He will probably drop in for the month that corresponds to his spring break. Great kid, really no trouble. His college-tuition bill is due at some point soon. Appreciate your help with that.

PPS: Do you have Rachel Maddow’s e-mail? Looking into surrogate parenting and would be very interested in getting some of her eggs.

PPPS: Will be Instagramming a lot from Costa Rica. We’re @kitandgerriluvourkidz. What’s your user name?

May 6, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 8

Special Defense Section
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Jay Nordlinger reviews Roger Ailes: Off Camera, by Zev Chafets.
  • Richard Brookhiser reviews The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues: A History of Greenwich Village, by John Strausbaugh.
  • Abigail Thernstrom reviews Intellectuals and Race, by Thomas Sowell.
  • Robert VerBruggen reviews Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?, by Neil Gross.
  • John Daniel Davidson reviews Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn From the Strange Genius of Texas, by Erica Grieder.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder.
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Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .