Motherhood & Words

christmas according to Stella

Last night, after reading to Stella and turning out her light, I was lying next to her in bed, giving her a back rub when she said, very seriously, “Mom, Christmas isn’t about love.”

“Sure it is,” I said, looking at her narrow back, wondering where she was going with this train of thought. “It’s about love and family and being thankful.”

“No,” she said matter-of-factly. “It’s about presents.”

Oh dear.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Amanda on December 24, 2007 at 6:15 am

    She’s pragmatic! Merry Christmas!

  2. kristen on December 28, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    At least she’s honest. And my son would tend to agree with her.