Eden M. Kennedy

mission accomplished, pal

Eden M. Kennedy is the co-author (with Alice Bradley) of the book Let's Panic About Babies! (St. Martin's Press, 2011).

A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.

Currently she works at a nonprofit and is just about finished writing her first novel.

Jack, never one to resist improving others' grasp of the vernacular, heard this story from our neighbor's brother Saturday night. Our neighbor's brother is also named Jack. Neighbor's-brother Jack lives in deepest, rural-est Utah, where he and his wife are raising four kids*. Once, awhile back, their family took a trip in their van. I don't know where they went, but on their way back home it got dark, and as they came up over the top of a hill a small town was spread out in the valley beneath them, and all the kids pressed their noses against the windows and gasped, Look at all the lights!

Jack's wife counted: there were seventy-five lights.

"That's when I knew," said Jack, "that I was raising a bunch of hicks."

"No," said my husband Jack, "you're raising a passel of hicks."

*Two of whom are ballroom dancing champions.