Motherhood & Words

Stella came into our room this morning and said, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mama.” 

“Thanks, sweetie,” I said and looked at the clock. It was 5:30 a.m. 

“I’ll just snuggle with you for a while,” she said, and she climbed into bed next to me. I fell back to sleep, but a few minutes later, she said, “I think I’m awake. I’ll go down and watch T.V.” 

“Okay, sweetie.”

I slept until 8:30 and then D and the girls brought up strawberries, a croissant, and a vase of brilliant orange Gerbera daisies. The girls had each made cards and presents: Zoe gave me a framed hand-print with all of the things she loves to do traced around her fingers; Stella gave me a Marigold that she grew at school. So dear!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Mother’s Day! I so appreciate this community of mothers and writers and friends. Thank you for being who you are!!! Happy Mother’s Day!

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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. Elizabeth on May 8, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Happy Mother's Day to you, Kate! It sounds like you had a beautiful one.

  2. Sarah on May 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Happy mother's day to you! And thanks for nurturing and encouraging mama writers everywhere!