Entries Tagged as 'working mom'

Monday, August 27th, 2012

First Day Truth

When I work, I miss my kids. When I’m not working, I miss myself.   This is what I learned today, the truth that landed on my tongue as I explained rhetoric and literature, the point of stories and the acts we commit to as writers and readers. Four years of being a working mother, [...]

Monday, August 20th, 2012


From the back seat of the car on the way to school today, Nora explained that Uncle Ian had discerned the origins of the strange spots in our back yard. Expecting her to spit out some random, perhaps made-up plant name, I was only half listening when she said, in her most confident whisper: “They’re [...]

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Feeling Young, Feeling Old

Today I walked from my old dorm room to my old English building on the UT campus. I sat in a conference room for four hours discussing rhetoric and the pedagogy supporting the teaching of rhetoric to high school students. I read weighty texts about rhetorical analysis, had deep discussions with the two others in [...]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

These Tears Need A Name

The tears spring up on me. I watch Miles pull his little lion around in circles, toddling, holding the blue string in his hand, and my eyes suddenly fill and feel warm. Nora cries, throws herself down on a chair to wallow in her pain or her tantrum and Miles runs to her and tries [...]

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Some Things

Every morning when he wakes up, he grabs my face while I’m changing his diaper and he plants a big kiss on my cheek. All day long he runs over to me, arms wide open, hugs me as tightly as he can and then plants more toddler kisses on my cheeks. His favorite game, the [...]

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


Today I was a virtual mom. The phone rang beside my bed at just before seven and I looked groggy and barely awake into the screen as Ken and Miles looked back. Facetime is a strange thing. Miles smiled at me and babbled. Ken filled me in on their night and the progress of their [...]

Monday, June 18th, 2012


I’m leaving tomorrow for a four day work conference. And as much as I am happy to be going to learn and to have a hotel room to myself for three nights, I am feeling a little unprepared on many fronts for the trip. Ken will be here. And his mom. And his dad. And [...]

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Too Much

I had to leave her this morning in the lap of her teacher, a small curled-up thumb-sucking teary-eyed mess. She had started crying at home over a lost sandal and she just couldn’t stop. I couldn’t ask her too many times what was wrong or I would have become a teary-eyed mess myself. No matter [...]

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Limbo In Reverse

It was a trial-run this weekend – a lead-in to summer vacation. On twitter and on blogs I read and hear about moms whose kids are off for the summer. Around here it’s the mom who’s off for the summer. I’ve learned a few lessons over the past few years  – lessons about easing in, [...]

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Holding It In

I held it in until I couldn’t anymore. Until I sat in my classroom, facing my computer screen, hoping that the students wouldn’t notice that my eyes were heavy with tears, that they were willing themselves out and I was doing all I could to will them back in. I held them back, let the [...]

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