I was born and spent part of my childhood in Russia, moved to live Israel, and then hopped across the ocean to do my PhD in Linguistics in North America, where I spent many years living in various places and documenting a Native American language. I now live in the UK with my husband and two kids.
In my essays on parenting, I call my kids (7 and 1 year old) by their middle names, Martin and Claire. Because this is not what they are called in real life, it provides some distance between them and any stories I might write about them online. Ultimately, whatever I write is my story that happens to include them, and I want them to develop their own interpretation of their stories as they grow. Besides, this allows me to get some extra miles out of their middle names. Otherwise, they’d just sit there unused for years and years until their college graduation day.
Occasionally, in the blog part you might see me referring to them by their nicknames, Koopa (named after the character in the Super Mario game, for reasons that are now lost to history) and Kvakushka (“little frog” in Russian).