Jude wakes in stretch and scratch of morning, curling with life-size dinosaur next to me on the green couch. Our I-Love-You smiles are eye-to-eye and quiet. Soon, the other two will join, one squeezed to my side and the other at my neck. They will want to eat, and then I’ll be compelled to start the day – reading, memory work, math, phonics.
And like that, lately, the days have washed over me, in the wave after wave, the momentum of motherhood. I unload the dishwasher and yell to the play room, “Are you being a Peacemaker?” One says, “No! He’s being a troublemaker!” Things quieten and then crescendo all day.
The blog is slow. I’m slow to write and it’s slow to load. That’s how it’s supposed to be right now. I get online to read Seth, and by the way, he is my best.
Soon the blog will be fast and have a new face. Soon I move to the apartment below ours, and there we’ll get to have a washer and dryer! Can we all pause a second for the beauty of a washer and dryer? And then can we all ask ourselves why I have never not moved while pregnant?
The Spring clean and fling and label is on – in my apartment and on my webbernet front porch. When I come back here, I’ll have the sweetest thing to giveaway and other giveaways after that. I can’t wait to show you the new FAST blog design and to show you my new ideas for creative writing. I want you to join me in some of it.
After almost 4 years of blogging, I’ve never been more grateful for this community and for the discipline and encouragement that writing here has given me after the MFA program. I don’t plan to give up on it any time soon. And I don’t say often enough that you encourage me more than I’ll ever be able to say in the comments.
Thank you for being happy with me about my babies, for rejoicing with me over a marriage that is restored. Thank you for sharing story with me.
Your voices have been like peace flags. You’ve been my sisters and brothers. My mothers.
THANK YOU. Some of you are the very truest. And I think of you as faraway friends, and I wish somehow I could count down the days till I see you.
Until face-to-face, see you back here April 6th!