Month: May 2021

What I Want You to Know About the Noise

A few nights before the last day of school, you stub your toe coming up our stairs, and the toenail chips and pulls partly away from the skin. I am outside pulling weeds when it happens, listening to an audiobook. I hear a noise… Continue Reading “What I Want You to Know About the Noise”

What I Want You to Know About Being Your Surviving Parent

I binge watched After Life, a show about a man whose wife has recently died from cancer, about a month into the pandemic. A strange coincidence, since we didn’t know about your mom’s metastatic breast cancer at the time, let alone how quickly it… Continue Reading “What I Want You to Know About Being Your Surviving Parent”

What I Want You to Know About Persistence and Grace

I attended a writing workshop online yesterday that was gifted to me by some of your mom’s best friends. As an ancillary part of the gift, they took you out for a fun afternoon of shopping and playing while I sat and listened to… Continue Reading “What I Want You to Know About Persistence and Grace”

What I Want You to Know About Mother’s Day

The first Mother’s Day or Father’s Day after a parent has died signals a change of remembering. No longer is it about remembering to put cards in the mail, to order flowers to be delivered, to wake up early and make the parent breakfast… Continue Reading “What I Want You to Know About Mother’s Day”

What I Want You to Know About Sleep Training

The racecar bed sits unoccupied. Instead of being fast asleep in it, you are a whirlwind of activity from the door to the corner beanbag, where I lie. I am yawning as I struggle to do a crossword on my phone. Your mind and… Continue Reading “What I Want You to Know About Sleep Training”