Just Write {84}

May 6, 2013

When Elsie Jane’s head is on my shoulder and her back has a little curve to it, when her legs are dangling and her hand is patting my back, that’s my favorite. She got sick a few days ago and I held her a lot, her head on my shoulder like that.

She’s starting to say a few more words together and lately sometimes she stops to hug me and then she looks me dead in the eyes and says, Mommy. Home.

She loves it when I’m home, which is most of the time and still she occasionally just stops what she’s doing to point out that this is how she likes it.

Me too.

On Saturday, for most of the day, I wasn’t home because we had rehearsal for Listen To Your Mother. Thursday is our show, at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, and how did the time fly like that? Like how our children grow, with so much work and trying and re-starting and then all of the sudden, grown.

I sat in this small room on Saturday and looked around at these women we’ve gotten the chance to meet this way. We are more than lucky. Some have auditioned and performed hundreds of times and others never before until now. Some have children who are grown and some have lost children from this life and some are just beginning to grow families.

We each love the head of one of our children on our shoulder and a hug with back-patting and we always have.


This morning after I rushed the kids to the van and wasn’t patient at all, I came back home and found a note from Miles. It said, Dear Mommy, Thank you!!!  I love you very much! 

How can it be? These little gifts in the midst.

The thread that runs through us all will be felt on Thursday night and tonight I’m so nervous and I’m de-germing the house and texting and texting with the most amazing co-director and producers to ever be teamed up and we’ve grown something.



I can’t wait.

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Kerstin May 6, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I probably sound like a broken record, because I said it two of your Facebook posts already, but I wish I could be there on Thursday. Out of all the LTYM shows and all the amazing women participating – the Minneapolis Show is the one I would love to go to if I lived a little closer.
I love being part of the FB/blogging community and have found so much comfort and acceptance there – but here in Merritt, BC I have to be my own island.
Thank you for all you write and blog about!
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Marta May 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I echo Kerstin on the broken recordness of how much I would love to be there Thursday seeing and supporting you all. If only you could have moved the performance to Friday I will be back in town!

I hope that when everyone writes about how the show went they’ll link to the pieces that were performed so we can read them if not see them!
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alita May 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

Motherhood is my greatest strength and it gives me strength, too. I think that it should be celebrated! Enjoy LTYM and all its brilliant rays of light. Each of you, we (mothers) are a ray of light to our children. Each of our rays have a different story. It all combines to make LIGHT!

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Julia May 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

This show is such a wonderful idea and if it wasn’t in Minnesotta I would so be there.
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Ann May 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I love you and this and the memory of pudgy hands patting my back.
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Maggie May 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Congrats and good luck! I wish we were already in MN so I could come see this show. Happy Mother’s Day!
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Stephanie May 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

This is my first time here. I am sort of a new blogger and already had begun to be overwhelmed by all of the rules of great blogging. While I do respect them, I enjoy looking back over a post and just simply being “moved” by it. I home my submission fits the idea of your linky.

Thanks for such beautiful thought on just writing.

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Chrissy May 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Congratulations! So looking forward to going to our local show tomorrow night here in Northwest Indiana:) XO
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