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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