Six Minute Increments

Musings on Motherhood

The Days Are Hard

Dear Littles: Today was a hard day.  I’m not sure if it was any worse than any of our other hard days, but it certainly felt to me like it was.  You are all asleep now– tucked away under your matching Star Wars comforters, faces still sticky with sweat because I was just too tired […]

Watering the Plants

A few months ago, we had to put down our beloved dog Roxie. It was quick and unexpected and altogether heart-shattering.  A few days later, our vet thoughtfully delivered a plant to our house which we placed on top of the piano where it is highly visible and receives a lot of sunlight.  I have […]

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Mama Mojo

I Am Great at Beginning Things. I am great at beginning things: books, projects, movies, exercise regimens, dinner. I am not great at finishing things. Somewhere along the way, I lose interest, momentum, motivation, courage. I get bored. Or distracted. Or scared. Or determine that the thing I have set out to do is bigger […]

How Can I Help You?

I Like to Make Things Easy for People My husband and my children may say otherwise.  And maybe a select handful of friends.  Perhaps my sisters.  And maaaybe some of my work colleagues. But in general, I try to make other people’s lives easier. I recently had to run errands on a Sunday.  Since I […]

Raptors and Hovercrafts

I hate bath time.  Anyone else? Before I had kids, I thought that bath time would be a soothing, relaxing end to a long day.  And that after getting their baths, my children would easily slip into their pajamas and then sit at my feet and watch me attentively while I read them a book.  […]

The Great Pursuit

Last night, as I was getting the boys’ school bags ready for the week, I found Max’s Spiderman watch. The one that Santa bought him for Christmas. The one he wore for weeks straight, taking it off only to bathe. The one I searched for frantically, tearing the house apart after he lost it because […]

What Does Your Brave Look Like?

At 12:50 this afternoon, my Fitbit vibrated gently against my wrist, reminding me to take 250 steps. I am determined to beat my sisters in our weekly Fitbit walking challenge, so I walked. Not two hours later, I learned that a classmate of mine from graduate school– an accomplished scholar and historian– was recently diagnosed […]

I Haven’t Always Been

I recently overhead the young people at the office discussing their plans for St. Patrick’s Day. Some of them mentioned friends who would be waking up at 5:30 a.m. to start a day of indulgent revelry. Just hearing this made me feel very tired and a little nauseous. But mostly confused. WHY WOULD ANYONE GET […]