Entries Tagged as 'going back to work'

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


He ran away from me on the playground on Saturday morning at the kindergarten meet up, no goodbye or hugging my legs or telling me he needs his warm-up time. I’ve been waiting for this moment for months now – for him to feel more independent and comfortable in his own skin. I’ve sat on […]

Monday, August 18th, 2014

My Teacher Summer

One family vacation. More reading for pleasure than I’ve done in years. Many afternoons at the pool. Two week-long workshops. Two professional texts read and annotated. Many half-days at school      working on schedules           and interviews                and materials. A week of planning […]

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Conversations I Thought I Was Done Having

She was trimming my son’s hair when we struck up conversation. It was the forced kind of talking you do when silence is somewhat awkward and you think since you are two adults standing next to each other for the next thirty minutes you might as well talk to each other. First we talked about […]

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Let’s Talk About Kindergarten

She sprawled out on the floor, legs crossed in the air, pink marker in hand, and crossed out all the days of July until today. On the August page, she marked the first day of school with a number one. And then she counted. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Six more weeks, Mom.” In […]

Thursday, June 20th, 2013


You’d think I’d run out of the school building screaming with joy about the start of summer. You’d think that I’d jump feet first into pools and playdates, splash pads and swinging. You’d think that I’d be a pro at this summer home with the kids thing after five years now. But I don’t. And […]

Monday, May 13th, 2013

A Letter Of Love And Thanks To My Daycare

Last night Nora graduated from pre-school, walking down the aisle in her cap and gown and celebrating five years of learning and growing and sharing with wonderful teachers who have loved her so well. How do you thank the women who have done so much for you? I wrote this in an attempt to show […]

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Personal Development

Today I taught Nora an important lesson: Sometimes it’s ok to play hooky from school. Ok, really, this is a lesson I myself am still struggling to learn. I struggle to prioritize the demands of my own personal needs and mental health with the demands of being a leader at my job. I remember really […]

Monday, August 27th, 2012

First Day Truth

When I work, I miss my kids. When I’m not working, I miss myself.   This is what I learned today, the truth that landed on my tongue as I explained rhetoric and literature, the point of stories and the acts we commit to as writers and readers. Four years of being a working mother, […]

Monday, August 20th, 2012


From the back seat of the car on the way to school today, Nora explained that Uncle Ian had discerned the origins of the strange spots in our back yard. Expecting her to spit out some random, perhaps made-up plant name, I was only half listening when she said, in her most confident whisper: “They’re […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

These Tears Need A Name

The tears spring up on me. I watch Miles pull his little lion around in circles, toddling, holding the blue string in his hand, and my eyes suddenly fill and feel warm. Nora cries, throws herself down on a chair to wallow in her pain or her tantrum and Miles runs to her and tries […]

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