I find it interesting that this came to me, the words flowed, at least on this theme (hopefully more!) on this day that many (not all, I know) celebrate Mothers. I personally celebrate the day before my son’s birthday. I call it Mahmah’s Day, and I (try to) take it as a day for me, visiting a local botanical garden and a museum of natural history, as I did the day before he was born. He was “late” and I did not want to be induced, so I tried to relax. It had been raining for about a month. It is raining (and snowing) today. I don’t really celebrate today for myself as it is often around, if not on, my own birth-day.
But today words were born.
And maybe a new part of me and my life is too.
And that is something to celebrate.
Kerrie McNay, May 12, 2019
Last year I was asked to write a guest post for my friend H.E. Curtis’s blog, Parchment and Quill, about my experience as a parent and my involvement in the arts with my child. It took me a few months to find the words, but I began as I do… with a list of KeyWords. (See below.)
I found myself jotting down the names of mothers and daughters from stories, especially from the pantheon of Greek goddesses and my favorite fairy tales. I thought of the fun little speech I made at our school’s open house, where I used some of my new circus skills (learned after my own child went to circus camp) to invite parents to join the Parent-Teacher Partnership, especially the importance of balance, and how it’s okay to “drop the ball” when juggling our lives.
In the end, I just let the words flow, writing them down as they came.
I hope you enjoy them, and definitely explore the rest of Parchment and Quill for more inspiring writing!