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Second Blooming by Gretchen German

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The Best Part of Living in Southern California

I’ve always said that the three best things about Los Angeles are:

  1. The weather.
  2. The delirious smell of orange blossoms and/or night-blooming jasmine that drifts in the windows at night.
  3. Every public toilet in the city has those paper toilet seat cover thingies.

My Favorite Local Kid-Friendly Activity

Beach Fridays! I have an amazing group of moms/kids who head to the beach every Friday of the summer. Same time/same place every Friday. The group varies every week, but it’s usually about 15 moms and 30 kids. Occasionally a dad will show up, but they usually warn us so everybody can have time to shave and wear our better swimsuits. Every mom looks after every kid, every kid knows to listen to every mom — we’ve become a village. I’m so grateful that in a city as enormous as Los Angeles, I’ve found this little community of women I know I can trust. And we have FUN!

The Biggest Challenge of Raising a Child Here

I’d love to have a log of how many hours my poor kid has put in riding around in my backseat, stuck in traffic! I’m an actress, and spend a ridiculous amount of time dragging my little boy around to auditions. But I have to say that since he’s been doing this since he was born, he’s become an excellent car tripper, and only whines when an extreme situation arises, like, we’re stuck on the 10 freeway, driving home to Hollywood from Santa Monica in rush hour traffic. Argh!

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