Bubbe On Assignment

fairfax county

One of the great things about having a blended family is that it increases the bubbe-ing opportunities. I am writing this from Alexandria Virginia while caring for Eva and Naomi. Their mom is at a Blackboard conference where she is teaching others about the great educational opportunities to be had through MOOCS.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fairfax Country has the third highest-income of the 3,141 counties in the United States, making it a consumer-haven of housing interspersed with every conceivable dining and shopping opportunity. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to life on the South Side where it would be much more challenging to care for the needs of two growing girls.



Mostly they are at school but when in my charge, my job is to make sure they are safe, clean and most of all (They don’t call me Bubbe for nothing.) well fed. The first night we went to the grocery store to make sure we had all the right foods on hand. We did really well in the veggie and fruit section- grapes, apples, clementines for dessert and snacks, lettuce, tomatoes and avacados for a salad with dinner, along with asparagus spear and fresh salmon.

Lunches got a little dicey when the younger, Naomi, saw the packaged Lunchables. Her older sister and I worked hard to convince her (with the help of a jimmy chocolate iced donut) that we could prepare our own form of lunch that would be way better in taste and nutrition. The donut was dinner’s dessert and we had a great time organizing the lunches each morning.

inaugration crowd

As my bubbe-ing comes to an end, I feel a mix of satisfaction for a job well done and sadness to separate from the girls but honestly, I’m relieved I’ll be home in time to watch the anticipated crowds gathering for the upcoming week of inauguration activities from the comfort of my quiet South Side loft.

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  1. Phyllis says:

    I want you for a bubbie

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