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Meet a Parent: Maura Keating

Maura KeatingNeighborhood: Armory, West Side of Providence

Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
MK: In the middle of Connecticut.

Kidoinfo: How long have you been in Rhode Island?
MK: We moved here 2 ½ years ago.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
MK: Cloudy, With a Chance of Meatballs…

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
MK: Our nuclear family consists of my husband, my 17-month-old son, our neurotic and wonderful dog, Aoife (pronounced EE-fa), and myself. We have a satellite family that includes far-flung friends and relatives that drop in on a regular basis.

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
MK: Our silliness and our resilience.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
MK: I love to draw, to write, to cook, to read. When I am with my son, we like to build, sing, and take long walks. When I am with my family, we like to dance. Our dog doesn’t like the dancing, though.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
MK: We love to visit the Dexter Dog Park and playground, Seven Stars on Broadway or White Electric on Westminster, the library (of course), the Gladys Potter Park on the East Side, and when summer rolls around, you’ll find us at the beach.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
MK: My husband and I met when we were both living in Brooklyn and I miss that borough like crazy. We visited friends recently with our son, and I was jealous of the kid-friendliness of the cafes, restaurants, even bars! Providence could REALLY use a few kid-friendly/kid-safe parent hangouts.

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kids?
MK: Watch a film, read a book that is not about or for kids, go to an indie show, or hang out at the E&O.

What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
MK: The bragging rights.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
MK: My family.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
MK: I would love to fly. We have so many long-distance friends. Plus, I would really love to have a cape.

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
MK: Mothers and fathers are so often absent or ridiculous in literature. I love the very silly Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, but she was a terrible mother. A better role model would be Marmee in Little Women.

Kidoinfo: What do you do when you are not with your kids?
MK: I play “pass the baby” with my husband so that I can work part-time as a reference librarian. It brings in some needed income, I get to feel like an adult for a little while, and I love being a librarian. Research was my favorite part of school. As a librarian, I get to learn new things every day while helping people. It’s the best.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
MK: My son is napping. I think I still have time enough to brush my teeth before he wakes up.

Interviewed by Anisa Raoof

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