Happy World Kidney Day!
Thanks to the inexorable Dave Lull for the link to this amazing A-to-Z insomnia cure by the Possessed super cover artist, Roz Chast. Apparently, when Chast is lying awake nights (probably, from wondering whether The Possessed will drop from the Amazon top-1,000 list), she passes the time by trying to think of physical afflictions starting with each letter of the alphabet. I forwarded her list to my father, a nephrologist, with a note to check out the letter K:
I just received the following response:
Elif, thanks!! And today is world kidney day, really.
Yes, dear readers, March 11 is really World Kidney Day and has been officially recognized by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, American rock icon Meat Loaf, world superpower China, and now C-list writer Elif Batuman.
This World Kidney Day, I find myself recalling fond nephrology-related memories from my childhood, like the time we went on a nephrologists’ outing to Bear Island with a totally sodium-free picnic, so it was a holiday for our kidneys, too! (This was the first and last time I ever ate unsalted potato chips, which were very peculiar.) Another time, my father gave me a beautiful kidney-shaped bumper sticker, red with white lettering, that said: “I Love You from the Bottom of My Kidney.” I put it on my lunchbox.
Tender-hearted readers! I trust that you are moved by these touching reminiscences to the extent that now, like Sarkozy and Meat Loaf, you too would like to do something special to commemorate World Kidney Day. Here are some thoughtful suggestions:
- You could send a free World Kidney Day e-card. But people might think you’re being cheap.
- You know what makes a classy yet affordable World Kidney Day gift, is a book by a nephrologist’s daughter, with cover art by Roz Chast, the super-cartoonist known for her vivid representation of the dangers of an unhappy kidney!
- Looking for a romantic date idea for someone you love from the bottom of your kidney? How about a literary reading by a nephrologist’s daughter at Kepler’s books tonight at 7:30pm?
Your kidneys will thank you (if I may be so bold as to speak for your kidneys), and so will I!