Motherhood & Words

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Wishing everyone a lovely day!

D had to coach this morning, but we’ll greet him with homemade cards and the electric griddle he’s been coveting. We’ll have a little family time followed by some solo time for him to watch the US soccer game. Then dinner with my sister’s family and my dad. If the rain stays away it will be perfect. 

I’d love to pause and appreciate all the dads in my life: Thanks to my dad, whose support and generosity never cease to amaze me (and whose babysitting skills we couldn’t live without). To my step-dad, who has a huge heart. To my grandpa Spencer, who has lived a tremendous life, and who at 102, wants to keep living, even as he fades. To all my friends who are dads and from whom I learn a ton. And finally to D–of course–without whom I’d be lost. I can’t imagine a more wonderful partner and father for our girls. Thanks for everything you are, D! 

Check out Literary Mama for some wonderful Father’s Day essays, poems and reviews. 

What do you have planned for the dads in your life today?

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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 Comment

  1. Sarah on June 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Beautiful post.