• Funny Valentines

    February’s Editor’s Note

    By Eric Messinger

     

    It’s something to watch a comic master do her thing.

    At the beginning of our
    cover shoot with this month’s cover subject, Samantha Bee, she struck a few
    pretty poses and played along nicely. But as if by instinct, she soon
    enough honed in on our main prop—a dozen roses—and milked them for all their
    comic value. She even took a fake bite out of one.

    I wouldn’t expect anything
    less from The Daily Show’s Most
    Senior Correspondent—and during our brief time together I got so much more,
    including some thoughtful and funny musings on Occupy Wall Street, health care and
    the overwhelming generosity of Americans. 

    For more on Bee, a Canadian native turned Upper West Side mom of three, I’m going to steer you to the best
    possible place: Heather Chaet’s wonderful interview with her
     

    Much as Samantha Bee’s engaging
    conversation flits between the hilarious and the serious, I think that one of
    the strengths of this particular issue of New
    York Family
    is the varied mix of stories and themes. Above all, I’d
    like to recommend the article on talking with your child about sexual abuse. Needless to say, that sounds like a heavy and difficult topic
    but read the story; it makes a compelling case that there are ways to speak
    about abuse that are age-appropriate and essential for helping children
     prevent any unhealthy touching from adults whom they might otherwise
    trust.

    Among our lighter fare,
    we’ve pulled together a fantastic car seat guide; a neat fashion story
    about stripes
    for spring; and a helpful guide to a wonderful new
    trend in the city: film series for families. And what can we say
    about love that hasn’t already been said? I wasn’t sure but four NYC parents
    did a terrific job sharing their thoughts, and six local experts
    offered advice on how to make a marriage better.

    As for myself, I’m going
    on my 15th year of marriage, and 12th as a dad—two roles that have brought
    untold blessings, lots of good times and laughter, and of course a fair share
    of conflict, frustration and anxiety. I’m not sure whether I’ll step up on February
    14th, but my own funny valentine deserves roses from me everyday. 

    Happy February To
    All, 

    ERIC MESSINGER
    EDITOR

    emessinger@manhattanmedia.com

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