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Literary Mama Rewind: Escapes

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Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind!  Every few weeks we'll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns, and reviews from the Literary Mama Archives relating to a particular theme. This week we are escaping. Whether it be from work, family, or a trip away from the status quo, so are the mamas in the these stories. All you have to do is click and read....

My eldest son will be eight this year, the twins are now six, and I can count on one hand the nights I've spent away. Mothers who travel for business, share custody or have extended family nearby, mothers who are a bit more... relaxed, might think this insane. 

  • Home by Avery Fischer Udagawa from the Column Four Worlds

This is "vacation," but we are visiting not tourist havens but relatives' homes. A Japanese author we met in June observed that wherever we go, we are doing sato gaeri: going back home.

My husband, Ed, and I just returned from four days away from our children, the longest we've ever been away.

When they got on the long train of flights from Dayton to Minneapolis to Paris to Nice, everything seemed possible. But all that went slowly away, hissing like a slow leak in a tire the moment they touched down on French soil.

Weeks ago, they decided to take a vacation together, mother and daughter on the open road. Their meeting place is Vancouver, Canada. J.J. has driven up from Seattle. She meets her mother at the train station.

It was pouring rain when they arrived at the Long Beach Island rental house. Craig and the girls huddled on the porch, while Elaine jiggled the key in the lock. She hoped it was the wrong house.

  • Underwater by Angel Sans Gun in Creative Nonfiction

I never liked water. As a child, I didn't have the luxury of it. Poor girls only learn the strokes necessary to keep from drowning.

At times during my reading of all three of Elizabeth Graver's novels, I found myself weeping; not because of a tragic twist of plot, but because I recognized my own shadowed reflection staring back at me.


Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer and blogger, focusing on nature and science stories. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Terrain.org, Newfound, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.


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