Our baby received its very first gift on Saturday. A catalpa bean pod from family friend, M.J. He told us that if I shook the organic “rattle” near my belly, the baby would be introduced, early, to rhythm. He also explained that we would need to be careful, because according to native american lore, mischievous spirits are attracted to rattled rhythms. So, if I continue to misplace things (keys, papers, and most recently a stoneware baking dish…) I will just blame it on some unsuspecting puck.