Hope Index, Vol. 10: Of Wildness and Rain
Saturday morning served with a side of crepes (OK, it's a soft taco shell, #momlife*) and some freshly stirred hope? We're in. Sit down and click awhile on a brief tour of my browser history.
Sarah Bessey kicks us off with this beautiful blog post, "In Which We Step Into the Rain." Reflecting on the gifts we can give our children -- and ourselves -- by simply existing in the moments that we have to share with them. "I feel like I participated in Creation tonight," Bessey observes, after the simple act of catching raindrops in her hand alongside her daughter. A gorgeous reminder of engaging with what calls to us, whether it's ugly dancing or storm-watching.
Speaking of dangling dangerously into the philosophical abyss of motherhood. Are you reading Maggie Smith, poetess of the highest order of modern wordsmiths? This poem is a good place to start. We love her stark, simple language and the raw, emotional tension that builds in her work. It's especially refreshing to hear the ways in which she wonders on the page about how to teach another human how to be human in a world so cruel and fraught with pain. Check her out.
Which brings me to one of my favorite things on the internet about writing, motherhood, and how the two coalesce "in the work", this piece on LitHub. Laura Cronk writes about being a writer first, a mom always, and engaging constantly with the battle that is THAT. Here's a choice quote:
But the wildness. The wildness I thought I needed to make art and that I worried I would kill in myself by marrying and having children never left me. The animal parts of motherhood are my favorite parts. They are both the hardest parts, like giving birth, and the simplest.
The wildness, guys. The water, the rain coming down into your palms. Do you feel it? It's where your broken, beast of a self is beckoning you to come and engage. Cheers, darlings.
*This post brought to you by a can of whipped cream, which I sprayed into my toddler's hand repeatedly in between keystrokes. Gleaning inspo from all those moms mentioned above. Just keeping it #authentic.