Candy From Strangers
( New Star Books,
LAST December my three-month-old daughter and I visited my parents in New York City. As we pulled up to their house, a UPS van was just pulling out; the package delivered turned out to be a baby "gift" from a formula company: a few free samples of a new formula, a cheap rattle, and a rather sorry-looking stuffed animal.
I knew that the timing of the package's arrival had to be coincidenceâe"even formula companies don't follow their customers' movements that closely.