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Saying Goodbye Isn’t Easy | We’ll Miss You, Tal

Dear Kid,

Last night we said goodbye to Tal.

Safe travels, sweetie! DearKidLoveMom.comaHuge thanks to Marcie and Sharon for organizing a picnic of all the host families to say goodbye to everyone.

The goodbye wasn’t easy.

The remembering was.

Like the first day we met Tal, just about a year ago. Poor Tal was so tired from her long trip here, she could barely keep her eyes open.

Tal Cooking Shakshukah DearKidLoveMom.comOr the food she made for us: schnitzel and shakshukah. Shakshukah is now a regular in our kitchen although I’m not sure where I’ll get the right spice when this batch runs out.

How about our trip to Florida. Poor Tal had never been trapped in a car nearly that long. To her credit, not once did she say “Are we there yet?” Swimming with the dolphins down in Key Largo (fan-freaking-tastic!) was well worth the car ride. And she was a great sport about playing Boggle with our family even though a) we are highly competitive Boggle players and b) English isn’t her first language.

Tal and Kids totem pole. DearKidLoveMom.comOne of my favorite memories is when Tal and I went shopping for a fall jacket for her. The two of us went up to the outlet mall and went store to store not finding the right thing. We’d go in, look around, decide there was nothing she wanted to try on, and turn around. It was the day I learned to say “Si’amnu po” “We’re outta here.”

Mostly, I remember her living with us. Her cheerful smile even if she hadn’t yet had coffee in the morning. Her helpfulness, her charm, her interest in learning about us and sharing her background with us.

Puppy in Love DearKidLoveMom.comTal, we will miss you more than you can know. Travel safe, stay safe in the Army, and please, please stay in touch. We love you, baby.

Love, Mom

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Skeletons on the Runway and Eating Disorders in College

skeletons on the runway not healthy BMI over 18.5Dear Kid,

A new law went into effect in Israel this past January. The law bans models with a BMI under 18.5 from runway shows, ads, and photo shoots.

In Israel, the leading cause of death in 15-24 year old girls is anorexia. This in a country where girls serve in the military and where cities and shopping centers are bombed on a semi-regular basis.

According to an interview I saw, 15% of Israeli girls will develop an eating disorder.

No one admits (at least publicly) that having girls die to try to meet some idiots idea of ideal beauty is a good thing. Yet models are regularly told to lose 5 kilos (about 10 pounds) when they don’t have an ounce of fat anywhere on them.

Other countries have passed similar laws. Whether any of them will be enforced remains to be seen.

To be clear, it’s not that these girls have some sort of super metabolism that allows them to burn calories at a super human rate. Nor is it that they are athletic and can eat everything in sight and still burn it off. (A girl with an athletic build would generally not be hired.) These girls aren’t eating. Most of them are doing cocaine and not eating (a well-known recipe for remaining healthy). Then they are draped in clothes, caked with enough makeup to obscure their grayish faces, and sent down the runway.

In the 1980s, there was a term for rich women who were ultra-thin: x-rays. It was not really a kind phrase (although it was often said with a kind of envy—but we were idiots about a lot of things back in the 80s).

The only fashionista who can really carry off the look (imho) is Cruella de Ville—and look what happened to her.

There is a modeling agency in Israel founded by a fashion photographer who has made it his mission to try to save lives by promoting a healthier physique. The girls in his agency are gorgeous, tall, photogenic, and thin—but they don’t look like skeletons with clothes.

College is a great time to continue figuring out who you are. It is a time to try new things, meet new people, experience different cultures, decide whether you are going to use the word “pop” or “soda.” It is also a time when many people try hard, very hard, to fit into something they aren’t. Many people (more girls than boys) will develop eating disorders.

To be clear: Eating disorders can wreck a person’s body for the rest of their lives. Eating disorders can play havoc with a person’s brain. Eating disorders can kill.

If someone isn’t hungry at lunch one day, that’s no big deal. But if you suspect someone might have an eating disorder, please, please, please say something to someone who can get them some help.

You’re a great kid—lend a hand to someone who needs it. They will thank you.

Love, Mom

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