I was struck by the innocence one of our readers captured in this photo and what it said to me about exploring the unknown, peering into darkness, and greeting adventure.
I grew up on a farm and remember vividly the intense odors of dust and bird droppings that greeted me when I entered our barn or one of the many sheds my dad used to store machinery and straw bales. The dust triggered a series of sneezes that sounded twice as loud as normal and which, in turn, startled and sent into motion any birds or small creatures whose peace I had interrupted. It was best to let the flurry subside before I stepped farther into the building, but the haze of activity only added to the intrigue of what I imagined I might discover.
There were also spaces I was more hesitant to enter. There, light had difficulty finding its way into the building and the darkness made me a bit apprehensive. I had to decide if the prospect of what I might discover was worth the discomfort of the unknown.
When I was at my bravest and when I waited long enough for my eyes to adjust to the low light, I uncovered feathers, egg shells, and old pieces of metal that I carefully stored in shoeboxes in my playhouse. Stumbling across a mama cat's hiding place for her newborn kittens—the main purpose of most of my explorations—drew me into those dark recesses again and again. A little more courageous each time, yet respectful of the treasure I'd actually discovered.
I suspect you, too, have had to decide whether or not to enter the haze or to let your eyes adjust to the darkness, and I hope you'll find a treasure or two on our pages that you'll want to save, to share, and to return to. Thanks for joining us on this adventure where mothering and writing intersect.
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Heartsong: What Love Is by Kate Ristau
The Support Group by Kristen LeClerc
Letting Loose the Reins by Marlene Olin
My Family's Stories by Lisa Witz
Keeping a Writer's House with The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes By Angela Berkley
Essential Reading: Novellas, Chapbooks, and Short Story Collections compiled by Abigail Lalonde
Writing in the Kiss-and-Ride Line by Rosa Prohias Driscoll
The Chronicles (of A Violence Foretold) by Hope Wabuke
This Word by Michelle Lee
No by Lisa Rhoades
Goodnight Moon Sonnet by Libby Kurz
A Profile of Laura Sims by Claudia F. Savage
Photos by Megan Devine and Heather Vrattos