When I chose the topic for this month’s Essential Reading list, I felt vaguely certain that “Sacrifice” must be one of the most common ideas in all of literature. Even so, I’ve struggled to come up with a suitable contribution to the list.
Spring is feeling all too far away here in New England, and I’m musing on distance—the distance between what we want and what we have, between where we were and where we are, between several feet of frozen snow and that bit of earth where something ought to grow.
Although I’d believed I was protecting my children (and myself) from the haters by using a pseudonym, I’d unqualifiedly silenced the voice I’d worked so hard to awaken. How could I be a role model to my children if, even though I wrote the stories of my life, I was too afraid to put my name on them?