Miami — South Florida, really — is unlike the rest of the country in many ways, and this is particularly true at the change of seasons. Here at home, the shift is subtle and, for the newcomer or the unmindful, almost imperceptible. It arrives in the slant of afternoon light, the briskness of early morning, the many festivals held outdoors and, always and forever, the colors in the garden.
Thanksgiving isn’t about precision and perfection. Rather, it’s a time to be thankful and to look for ways to appreciate the smallest things and adjust our expectations to make it easier to carry the heavy load.
We live in anxious times — and I’m not referring to the politics dividing the country. Or the mass shootings. Or the tsunami of rape and sexual harassment accusations aimed at Hollywood moguls and other high-ranking men. I’m referring to the bite-your-nails, can’t-get-to-sleep, hyperventilating-before-a-big-test anxiety many teens are experiencing when they stagger and stumble into adulthood.
I’m not on my best behavior in the days leading up to Halloween. I’m just not — but what a relief to confess this shortcoming, finally. Now friends and family can interpret my seasonal snarls in an appropriate way.
For months one of my granddaughters took her small blue purse everywhere. It hung from her chair at dinner, learned multiplication tables in school during the day and dreamt about fairies and wizards at night. A faithful companion, if there ever was one.
After President Trump’s comments equating the violence in Charlottesville to “both sides,’’ Ivanka Trump was conspicuously silent. CEOs, military leaders, the Charlottesville victim’s mother and the rabbi who presided over Ivanka’s religious conversion condemned the violence of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
I think it important our children learn a second language, as much for cultural reasons as business ones, and doing so is an issue close to my heart. In three generations, my family has gone from my grandparents’ Catalan, to my parents’ Spanish, to my generation’s English, with bilingualism lasting but a few decades.
Ana Veciana-Suarez column: Almost half of all high schoolers, 47 percent to be precise, are graduating with an A average. Back in 1998, 38.9 percent did. You might think the students are getting smarter, right?