I remember that old Steve Martin routine, Getting Small, whenever I visit with my family. “Let’s get small,” Steve would say, like a crazed drug fiend, and raise the mike stand over his head. With fifteen other family members crowded around my sister’s Thanksgiving table, I feel just like him, my concerns dwarfed beside my niece’s college admission Power Point, “Why I Want to Go to Your School.” Not that I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. There were several edgewise moments: discussing my son’s autism with my sister, Mayor Bloomberg’s recent educational comeuppance with my New Yorker brother in law, and the virtues of Kindles with my mom. But your voice does sound faraway when it’s vying with so many others, especially when you’ve been vying with them your whole life. Good. That’s how I like it. Let’s eat some turkey. Then let’s get small.   


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