Last week of school (& Friday Links)

The countdown is on! Only four more days of school. You can feel it in the air—a buzzy mix of sugar and anticipation, as everything seems to wrap up with popsicles!

Of course we also signed the kids up for lots of summer daycamp activities, so it’s not exactly dog days ahead.

Speaking of activities, we have an interesting one planned for Hudson this weekend. He’s going to a 3-hour etiquette class with a bunch of his buddies. I think there will be something like 9 boys in all. I’m so curious to hear how it goes. I’m hoping he’ll be excited to show off what he learns and pass along some tips to Skyler—and to us! Otherwise, we’re doing our best to wrap up work on projects around the house before the kids are out and before summer travel begins, while also making this last week fun and exciting.

Hope you have some fun plans this weekend! Here are some links of note… 

It has been hard to listen to the stories coming out of detention centers where children are being separated from their parents without crying in the car. This will be a shame that will haunt our nation for generations to come.

From the New Yorker‘s article on the new policy: “According to the D.H.S., six hundred and fifty-eight children were separated from their parents between May 6th and May 19th. Reports have surfaced of children, some as young as toddlers, being wrested from family members, and of parents being deported before they could locate their children, who remain stranded in the U.S. ‘Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re being hauled off,’ Lee Gelernt, a veteran attorney for the A.C.L.U., told the Washington Post. ‘It’s as bad as anything I’ve seen in twenty-five-plus years of doing this work.” Research has shown that removing a young child from her primary caregivers for even a short period can cause long-term psychological harm.'” More from the New York Times.

Also, fact-checking the claims over who is responsible for this policy, “which puts us in league with the most brutal regimes in the world’s history.”

How to support the ACLU. (Which has filed a lawsuit.)

Perhaps not surprising, in light of all this.

Lifetime judicial appointments are Mitch McConnell’s goal. A reminder to both sides of the aisle as to why the midterms in 2018 are so important! Vote!

What Starbucks’ anti-bias training day was like, according to employees.

“Attention is the rarest and purest kind of generosity.” A beautiful children’s book about slowing down and living with presence.

Going greener.

What’s it like to have children who are 1, 2, 3… 5 years apart?

I’ll be making this sauce, to make this dish, this weekend.

Related: An ode to breakfast.

All the wood! So gorgeous.

This was such a beautiful wedding video. 

For last-minute birthday banners with less traditional phrases (e.g. You’re so old!)

A review of Michelle Wolf’s new show.

Man, so many icons from my childhood TV-watching days are such a disappointment. (A. see Cliff and Roseanne. B. understatement) Lindy West on the cancellation of the Roseanne reboot.

Lately, my favorite genre on TV (and a nice antidote to all the political dramas like Homeland).

More on table manners for kids.

And finally, this essay on school ending really made me laugh. Did I mention I’ve been on 3 of the 4 fieldtrips Hudson’s class took this month?

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