I’m Harriet M. Welsch (like all names in my blog, a pseudonym), a mother, a musicologist, a Ph.D. student trying to finish an endless dissertation, a writer and editor on mostly musical topics, a musician and former girl spy. Things got complicated in 2011 when I got a job at the Toy Factory in New York City (Hint: It’s not really a toy factory. Its pseudonym was inspired by my friend Julia‘s blogonym for her former place of employment, “The Candy Factory.” Hint: she did not work for a Candy Factory either.). After a year of commuting from Illinois, where I lived with my husband (a writer and lifetime Chicagoan) and son (a now 12-year-old kid), to Manhattan, the Spy family finally moved halfway across the country to Brooklyn. Now we’re all trying to remember how to live in a city. You can read the backstory at my previous address, also called spynotes.
A few recurring characters (mostly from our time in Illinois — we’re not very sociable people in NY).
Yoga Mom: My next door neighbor in Illinois who also taught one of my yoga classes
The Girl Next Door [TGND]: Yoga Mom’s daughter and AJ’s friend since they started preschool at age 2. They moved next door to us a couple of years ago. She’s the quintessential girl with the curl: When she is good, she is very, very good. But when she is bad, she is horrid. AJ’s kindergarten teacher said of them that “TGND and AJ are just like an old married couple.” If by that she means they are inseparable but they almost never stop squabbling, then she pretty much summed it up.
TGND’s brother: Her brother, four years older.
The Boy Across the Street [TBATS]: Another kid in AJ’s grade.. A slightly odd and somewhat destructive child, whom AJ plays next to but never really with
TBATS’s sister: A smiley kid who wears pink cowboy boots wherever she goes.
M.: Another of AJ’s school friends from the neighborhood. He’s athletic and easygoing except when TGND fights AJ for him
Ben Franklin Boy [BFB]: Another of AJ’s school friends from the neighborhood. He got his name because the first time we had a conversation with us (in preschool), he told us all kinds of facts about Ben Franklin, including the fact that he and Ben had the same birthday. He’s a little obsessed. He was the only kindergartner at the Halloween parade dressed as Abraham Lincoln. An interesting and quirky kid.
Cranky Friends since college and now, since moving to Brooklyn, neighbors. Her daughter J (Formerly Baby J, now big Girl J) makes regular appearances here.
Denizens of the Toy Factory: my coworkers.