Motherhood & Words

I had some quiet reading time this morning when D took the girls out to track down some fresh strawberries and a vanilla latte for me. Then with strawberries and coffee in bed, Stella presented me with all the Mother’s Day cards and stories she had written. (Some were collaborations; Zoe contributed scribbles and swirls.)
Then after a quick dance party, we walked around one of our lovely city lakes (the girls jostling for position in the wagon and calling to the ducks the whole way). The sun was glinting off the waves, tons of people were running and walking, and downtown Minneapolis was sparkling in the near distance. What could be better?
Back at home I was able to read more on the porch–an engrossing novel that I don’t even have to review! And soon we’ll be heading off on bikes to my mom’s house. A perfect day.
I hope you’ve all had a lovely day, as well. I’m so thankful for all the amazing mothers in my life. You inspire me each day. Thank you!
Please check out this really beautiful Mother’s Day essay by Jeanine DeHoney over at Literary Mama. Also scroll through the rest of the site. There’s been some wonderful material published recently.
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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. Mary on May 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like a truly lovely day. Happy Happy Mother's day Kate!!

  2. cath c on May 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    thank you! you've been an inspiration and support to me for good long time now, too, kate!

    your mother's day sounds lovely, couldn't have been more perfect. mine was spent for the first time in 16 mother's days, away from my kids and writing. which is my other child vying for attention.

  3. Life As I Know It on May 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    sounds like a perfect day. Strawberries, coffee, walks and reading? Bliss.