Thursday, May 17, 2012

Post Mother's Day Mothering Part IV

To-do list:
Find out how Maira Kalman handles being a mother.

When she was younger, illustrating and thinking and following strangers down the street to photograph them from behind, married to one of the most famous designers in the world. How did she mother her children?

When I was pregnant I went to a talk of hers, and she was even more quietly and reservedly nutty than I imagined. Wonderfully so. In an unself-conscious way that I wish with all my heart that I could be. How does nuttiness go with being a mother? I didn't ask her because it was terribly off-topic, since the talk was about her recently published "And the Pursuit of Happiness" which is all about the United States and government and searching for ideals. Hallelujah, she says, for many things—

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