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).

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 a straight job and is just about finished writing her first novel.

Today was overenthusiastic father day at the park!!

Overenthusiastic Dad (to Jackson): "Hi!! What's your name??" Me (reluctant to get too familiar): "His name's Jackson."

O.D.: "Jason?!"

Me (even more reluctantly): "Jack-son."

O.D.: "Well, hello, Jassen!! This is Coral!!" (indicates sprightly daughter with ringlets in red gingham sundress) "Say hello to Justin, Coral!!"

Coral: (well-trained, smiles politely and waves before skipping off to the swings like a perfect little princess)

Jackson: (stares)

Me (haven't seen the likes of her since my trip to see the Nutcracker in fourth grade): "Wow."

O.D. (obviously expected more from us): "Uh, well . . . bye-bye, Janson!"

What can we conclude from this episode?

A. I have a highly sensitive twit meter.

B. I have no friends.

C. All of my dialogue was actually performed in sign language.

D. None of the above.

E. None of your goddamn business.