Making Room


Two mornings a week I retreat to the silence of an empty house. I want to fill it with words. But there is work to be done, wrinkles smoothed and papers filed. The breakfast crumbs still dot the counter tops. I reach for a sponge and feel the words tug at my hem. There is no such thing as balance. We don't live on a two-sided scale, the children dangling dangerously from the edge as the plate moves up and down. On the other side there is a paper cut-out, a silhouette that's … [Read more...]

How to Find Quiet


It's tempting to see a moment of quiet as a waste of time. As moms we're given an impossible job description, whether we work outside of the home or not. The training for this job is a jumble of fantasy, others' expectations, competition, and role models like June Cleaver and Claire Huxtable. We're told- in fact we tell ourselves- that there is always work to be done. Crumbs to be swept off kitchen floors. Little faces that need to be wiped. Meals to be made, to be delivered to neighbors … [Read more...]