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Mastering the Art of Walking and Looking

A child’s perspective on learning to look straight ahead

Laura Friedman Williams
Published in
5 min readDec 3, 2022

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A child walking on a sidewalk
Photo by Vanessa Serpas on Unsplash

I am five years old and walking with my mother. We are on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where we live in a boxy apartment in a building so big that there are two distinct sides, each with its own lobby and set of buzzers. I live on the right side; my two…

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Laura Friedman Williams
Human Parts

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; Harper360 May ‘21). Mom of three, diehard New Yorker.