Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
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My three-year-old is rocking back and forth on a plastic pony while I supervise my one-year-old in the Tot Spot, whose high point is a single structure with one stair on each side that my daughter climbs again and again and again.

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Still, my wife comes over and points out that I am hovering, encourages me to hang out with the other dads. She doesn't understand my struggle with boundaries, doesn't know that every time I look at that waving Humpty Dumpty by the entrance I see nothing but a host of fractures and dislocations.

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But even after I make my way on over to the grill and talk to some guy I don't know about some sport I don't watch, I can't stop myself from lurching every time my one-year-old wobbles, gasping every time she finds the perfect pointy woodchip to suck on.


Ben Berman‘s first book, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Awards. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, came out last year from Able Muse Press. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He teaches in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and daughters and writes a monthly column called Writing While Parenting for Grub Street Writers.


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