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Literary Mama Rewind: Romance and Dating

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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. It's the month to fall in love again. So we've collected some stories from the archives about dating, romance, and the loves of our lives.

He's the only man in a houseful of women, and I can't help thinking that must be disorienting and lonely. Sometimes, when I'm cuddled on the guest room bed between daughters, watching Gilmore Girls or a goofy romantic comedy, he opens the door, takes a wild-eyed glance at the television screen, and retreats.

Today is Valentine's Day. I know it's cheesy, but Jack and I are going out and I want to look nice. But none of my old clothes fit. I'm premenstrual and these days that means I look ugly.

Dear Marjo,  My husband and I haven’t had a Date Night since our baby was born, about six months ago. I'm okay with that; in fact, Date Night is the last thing I want to do right now. But it's the first thing my husband wants to do. (You can guess what's second.)

There had been time to tell my edited widower's tale; women seem to be drawn to it like they are not drawn to me in my best 'daddy wear': a torn college sweatshirt and lemon yellow high school basketball shorts. Laurel and I'd met at an acquaintance's dinner party, and neither of us had known very many people there.

My dumb heart thinks it knows something, but really its tick is all flounder and worry, wallow and sorry.

Marion Winik’s most recent memoir, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living, chronicles Winik’s return to the dating world and her experiences along the way.

Susie Bright is the national best-selling author and editor of eight books on sex and sexual politics. Her most recent work, Mommy's Little Girl: On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Cherry Pie, is a collection of personal essays written after the birth of her daughter.

Rachel Sarah begins her memoir, Single Mom Seeking: Play Dates, Blind Dates, and Other Dispatches from the Dating World, this way: "My life was not supposed to look like this." At 28, with a 7-month-old daughter, Sarah finds herself suddenly single when her boyfriend Eric flies the coop. Lots of books may start from the single-mom premise, but Sarah delivers her story with humor, insight, lots of practical goodies, and a huge dose of honesty.


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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