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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Lambeth Council cut May’s support with no warning

May 29, 2010 at 08:39

Mama Lewis


This week my prevailing emotion was anger. With May, rather than assistance, it is as if systems are put in place to make our lives more difficult. I just fight and fight and fight those systems. I get what I need for May in the end, but I get it through conflict and begging. I […]

Letter to my MP Tessa Jowell

May 28, 2010 at 20:50

Mama Lewis


As promised, here is the letter I sent to my MP, Tessa Jowell. (For you Americans: an MP is like a senator except they serve a much smaller constituency.)  I shortened the letter as many of the details are already here on  the Nursery thread on this blog. Having said that, it is still very […]

May is American!

May 25, 2010 at 21:09

Mama Lewis


She is free! She is brave! These are things we already knew about May, but now they are official. Today, May received her American citizenship. True story, from today at the American Embassy, London: Me: Hello, I’m applying for citizenship for my daughter. Them: (frowning) May I see your paperwork? (Me passes over paperwork.) We […]

This week I’m… sitting in the dark. In the bathroom.

May 18, 2010 at 14:00

Mama Lewis


It’s not as miserable as it sounds. I’m sitting in the dark. In the bathroom… with a giggling baby on my lap. In the summer months, it is almost impossible to find a space dark enough to stimulate May’s eyes with lights. So, we’ve retreated to the bathroom, where no light shines. Together we sit […]

Dealing with doctors

May 15, 2010 at 11:55

Mama Lewis


What is the difference between a doctor and a secretary? That’s not a joke. This week there was no difference. Both asked after my daughter. Both offered no new information whatsoever. In fact, as far as services go, the secretary at least provided me with the form I requested. On Monday, we met with a […]