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“You know people plan these things a full year in advance,” a good friend of mine pointed out. Her calendar was filling up with work and family commitments. She found herself putting social engagements on hold as she waited for Dan and me to come up with a date. But we were waiting ourselves.
In our last class before summer break, we explored creative nonfiction as a spectrum that incorporates elements of poetry, fiction, and various nonfiction strategies such as research, journalism, memoir, and instruction. Our reader response to that class is a review by a literary mama who is also an academic mama. In her review of Marina Warner’s history of fairy tales, Kelly Peebles exemplifies the various strategies that comprise well-written nonfiction.
Then one night I heard her remark, quite casually in the bath, ”I’m a bad kid.”
I felt like someone had poured a bucket of ice water over my head. My throat tightened; tears sprang immediately to my eyes.
”Well, clearly I’m not needed here, ” I said to Marc, shoving on my shoes. I felt like my own child’s temporary babysitter, just waiting for the real parent to get home. Everything in me felt bruised.
Having written the Senior Mama column here for the past two years, I’ve decided to take advantage of my position as Wise Older Woman to offer some writing encouragement for those of you still in the mama trenches. Well, one bit of encouragement actually.
Just this: Write. Now.
In Class 5 of Birthing the Mother Writer, Cassie invites readers to submit a book review of one of the six nonfiction books she’s suggested, or else one of their own nonfiction picks.