[Quiet Thoughts] Taking Stock at the End of the Month

Photo: Proof that I have been knitting! There are a certain amount of rows of stockinette stitch curled up around that needle. Also, this is the first picture I’ve taken with my new (pre-owned emergency) phone! And…uh…. I dunno, I feel like the quality isn’t any better than I’ve had with my other phone. Seeing…

Geographical Reorientation

Photo: This is the awesome view of the Charles River and the Boston skyline during playgroup every Monday. Not a lot of people get to see this view from this high up, but we were very lucky. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t get to spend my Mondays staring out at this view anymore…   …

Well, Color Me Surprised…

Photo: Bearack Obama found a place in the dining-room built-in cabinet last week, along with a few other treasures that we have. Bearack was the subject of some colorful commentary on the part of my father-in-law a few years ago. Nothing was said this time around…or at least, not in my presence. It just ain’t…

[Quiet Thoughts] Noticing The Sun

Photo: One of my favorite pictures. The babies loom so large in my world: they are everything that I do and think about sometimes. Yet, they are so small while the world is just so large. This photo reminds me of the “true scale” of the two little boys who eat up my days.  …

Failure, False Starts and Wednesday

Photo: This was the view outside of my kitchen window yesterday. I sent it in response to Zeudytigre’s lovely tweet of the first dandelions in her garden. Massachusetts is just a cold, sad place right now.   You know me to (generally) be an optimist. But today? Today is a half-empty kind of day. Actually,…

Please Teach Him to Stay His Hand

Dear Mother of a Son, a little boy who will someday grow up to be a White Man, I’m writing to you today because I’m in mourning. For the second time in too many months, a White Man got away with killing an innocent, unarmed young Black boy. I know that Jordan Davis was 17…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Simple Surprises of Every Day

Photo: The Husband custom designed a charm for my Pandora bracelet for Valentine’s Day. It is engraved with the Maryland Flag (the prettiest one in the Union, obviously), so home is with me and on me wherever I go. You can take the girl out of Maryland, and even give her some land somewhere else……

That Mid-Winter Rut…

Photo: Remember grass? Remember soft breezes and sun-kissed skin? Remember the sweet sound of the wind racing through large, green leaves? Remember the smell of the playground first thing in the morning? The sound of children’s laughter in the throes of mid-morning play? Remember how much the smell of fresh-cut grass and newly blooming flowers…

Thinking About What it Takes

  Photo: Maybe it’s just me, but as a mother, I see the future as oblivion and tomorrow all at the same time. Today my boys are babies, tomorrow they’ll be stepping out into a world that loves them, loathes them, fears them, needs them, rejects them… The time when they will not need me…

[Quiet Thoughts] Pride and Prejudice

Photo: The kitchen island with the range hood over it. The carpenters finished up their work on Monday and the kitchen is 99.9% done. There is this one little annoying thing that connects the range hood to a thingy in the basement so that when the fan is on, air comes in from the outside….