A picture is worth a thousand missing words

I feel so connected to people. I see their snaps on Facebook and Instagram. The smiling faces of momentous occasions. The pictures of a crowning achievement—a graduation, baby born, race run or a cake baked. Brave souls show the messes. The kids with mismatched clothes throwing a temper tantrum in Target. Piles of laundry unfolded and not sorted. Dinner burned or scorned and replaced with a dreaded Happy Meal. I meet people in Target and they know things about me and in turn, I know things about them. And we assume we know so much more because we’re privy to … Read more…

I fell in love

We had two weeks off. Two weeks with all six of us together…24/7. On Sunday night, our last night together, I didn’t want it to end.  I poopoo’d (new word in 2014) all the other mommies on Facebook who were rejoicing in the knowledge that they would have a few moments on their own on Monday. I wanted to get under the covers with my favorite Farleys and pretend the real world didn’t exist…just like we had done for the last two weeks. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Eva had a dreaded appointment with a … Read more…

Writing and a little bit of preaching

Today I had an impromptu creative writing session for 9 neighborhood kids. I was energized before and after the class. I was really proud of some of the things the kids put together. I used some of my own lessons that I used two years ago when I taught creative writing at the Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond and I used some from the book Rip the Page. I want the kids to have fun with words and to just write. We always start out by writing for 5 minutes without a prompt and then we move into silly … Read more…