"honey, i’m pregnant."
“hello pregnant,” he whispers, tears of joy in his eyes. “i’m dad.”
My usual excuse for when I get on a crowded is “I’m thin.” So people make room for me and I fit. But today, fuck this elevator, I barge with “I’m thin” and girl in the back says “Hi Thin! I’m Anne!” And the rest of the elevator begins introducing themselves to me but it was too late… The elevator doors closed.
The hot wind whipped my skirt around my legs.
“You should hurry home.” A soft voice spoke from nearby.
I turned to see an old Native American man standing much closer to me than I expected. He wiped the sweat from his wrinkled brow, and shaded his eyes from the sun as he gazed to the south. His brown, sun-beaten face wore a concerned look.
“The wind has changed direction.” He intoned sagely. “When it comes from the south it will bring a dust storm with it.”
“Oh! Thank you, uh… Joel.” I said, squinting to read the name-tag pinned to the red shirt he wore as part of his Target uniform. “I’ll try to remember that.”
I hurriedly loaded the last of my shopping bags into the car so that Joel could take my empty cart.
“Have a good day ma’am.” He said brightly.
“You too!” I waved a little before climbing into my car and driving away.
This is Tadahiro Kanemasu, the “Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger.”
He is an IRL superhero who chills out in a green outfit with silver trim and mask, waiting by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station to lend his strength and exquisite manners to the elderly and passengers who need help carrying heavy packages, as well as mothers with baby strollers. Photos by REUTERS/Yuya Shino.
Natural Girls United (@NaturalIsUnited) is a fabulous Black-owned business that produces beautiful dolls to resemble Black women and other women of colour. The hair textures, colours and styles varieties are so diverse. Also, I love that the dolls have full lips, round noses and are a variety of complexions. These dolls are too cute and are for sale. The price range appears to be $45.00-$140.00, and the work is custom. Custom orders are also available.
As the founder, owner and designing artist Karyn Bird notes in her bio:
If a child is constantly looking at images, dolls, television, books and magazines - and only seeing beauty as something or someone with non-ethnic features and long, straight hair - then they are going to assume that this is what beauty is. It is something that has hurt our young people for centuries. But each day we learn that it is important to show them and teach them that their beauty is beautiful.
The only thing that I would want added are dolls with size variety instead of the usual thin frame. But with everything else, these dolls are on the right track.
I want Black kids to have dolls with variety; and I say “kids” since I am not about gender restrictions on toys. In the past I wrote something gender-specific (Black Girls and Dolls; Black Women and Pinterest) since even if all genders of Black children play with dolls like these (which would be great), the connection to beauty perception and beauty politics most heavily falls on Black girls. Thus, how that beauty is interpreted and how much it subverts hegemonic and Eurocentric beauty norms matters.
Inspired idea! It would be amazing, however, to see dolls of different shapes and sizes as well.
My cat likes to lay on my chest and put his paw on my neck. Every so often he puts out his claws just a little bit as if to say, “That sure is a pretty neck you have there. It would be an awful shame if you moved and something happened to it.”
a mother piping plover on massachusetts’s plum island plumps her feathers to provide warmth and protection to an increasing plurality of her chicks, giving new meaning to the phrase “a bird in the bosom”. photo by michael milicia
This is irresistible. Seriously, I tried to resist reblogging it and I could not.
Moms with four kids: This is the Halloween costume for you!