From Where I Sit


“It’s a serious thing // just to be alive // on this fresh morning // in this broken world.”

 – Mary Oliver, Red Bird

From where I sit, the day is just beginning. Perched on the edge of my bed, I slip my bare feet into my sheepskin slippers, sinking my toes into the comforting fuzz. Mornings in Northern California start chilly, even in summer. I blink away the veil of sleep over my eyes and reach for my glasses. The dim room comes into focus. I stretch my arms over my head, roll my neck, catalog the snaps and crackles.

From where I sit, the space created when I unplugged from the usual beat of motherhood is about to fill. Today my two oldest girls come home from camp. The month they were away, the house was quiet and clean. There was less laundry, fewer dirty dishes, no sibling spats. Left with one child to mother, I scaled the symphony of our lives down to a neat little duet. In the afternoons, we played Go Fish and Zingo or watched Paw Patrol. Meal times were simple with just the two and sometimes three of us when my husband was home. My youngest daughter had us all to herself. We were rapt. It’s easy to dote on just one child. Continue reading “From Where I Sit”

Flutterby 3

A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.mornmoonI Have Become “That Mother” on Instagram: This essay isn’t really about Instagram. It’s about recognizing your true self in the middle of motherhood and knowing you haven’t been swallowed whole but maybe suffered a few minor and not so minor cuts and bruises. Janelle Hanchett of Renegade Mothering is one of my absolute favorite writers. Enjoy her.

Mary Oliver Shares a Poem From Her New Collection, Blue HorsesI am a fan of Mary Oliver because of my lovely friend Laurie Wagner who often offers Mary’s poetry as a jumping off point for our weekly Wild Writing class. At 79, Mary Oliver is still on fire. Continue reading “Flutterby 3”