We’ve been a sick house, clouded by malaise and cough, the countertop lined with remedies and tinctures. My daughter, enduring an ear infection, lived for ten days beneath a veil of antibiotics —
“Oh yes,” the Doctor said, after the fact, “It can cause irritability.”
I’d known this before the confirmation, had sought alternate explanations for the sudden shift in mood and come up empty-handed, had studied her joyful eyes now afog, the slouch of her tiny body, her distant clamminess, had fretted and consoled and then unwillingly made a space for these visiting features. Until one afternoon
She returned to me
a few days after the regimen was complete, skittering on fawn-like legs, her radiant smile
“She came from a long, long way,”
Carrying her arch asides, the wry twist of her mouth, the crescents of her laughing eyes,
As though life released from amber.
A small return, a frivolous one, to be sure,
But I am reminded all the same of the search for Persephone,
Of the way motherhood can sometimes feel like long division, interrupted joyously
+I’d written about the above experience by hand, in small fragments in my journal, and then more or less abandoned them. A week later, I took an excellent reflective writing seminar via the Smithsonian with Mary Hall Surface in which we studied the myth of Demeter and Persephone, and all of the pieces of the narrative came together. One of the texts we performed a close reading of was Carol Ann Duffy’s “Demeter,” which is well-worth a read (tactile, image-dense, form-conscious poetry — I admire the brilliant reclamation of the rhyming couplet at the end, as thought a poetic world gone intact), and the above borrows her line: “She came from a long, long way.” When I read those words, I had to stop and write them down on paper myself.
+Another poem that recently moved me.
+This skirt is in my cart.
+I was just reading about Hanro’s famous “sleeping bra,” which is pricey but apparently the most comfortable thing to wear to bed / with athleisure.
+A pretty $30 everyday dress.
+I apologize if this is repetitious, but Sunhouse Children’s latest collection (launched two days ago) was a total homerun. I bought mini this adorable striped dress (perfect for FOJ) and one of their dashwood shorts sets. Also LOVE their swimwear options.
+Finally ordering a pair of these $30 leggings after seeing tons of people rave about them as an inexpensive alternative to my beloved Aligns (<<several colors on sale here!). I plan to take on a lot more hiking/outdoor activity this month so ramping up the fitness wear arsenal. (More fitness finds here.)
+These TB mules are fabulous – and on sale.
+Adore this new Agua Bendita dress.
+Really fun statement earrings — love the colors.
+Love these inexpensive pocket tees for toddler boys.
+This gives me Lug Von Siga vibes for about half the price.