One of my 2022 goals is to share my writing. I too often create things, think about sharing them, over-think it, then get shy about it, try to perfect it, get bored with that, feel I can't get it perfect anyway, then move onto something else and think too much time has passed to share that thing from before, and so on. But I am so inspired by those creators out there who share their art, even the imperfect bits! Seeing their work brings me a zing of joy. It encourages me to see the art in my own life. It makes me feel more human, more hopeful, and just more. So, here's to me sharing more.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing excerpts from The ABC's of Pandemic Parenting. The work as a whole will be available soon.
This collection of mini-memoir was written in June, 2021 during a Writer In Residency of my own making, inspired by An Artist Residency in Motherhood. I used my daughter’s Eric Carle ABC book as a jumping off place, curious to see what would emerge from each animal’s inspiration as well as what themes overall would appear. It was so fun. And captured my experience of a very particular moment in time, mid-pandemic. I returned to these pieces in January, 2022 amid the third preschool closure of the month, in what I hope is now a late-pandemic era. I share them as a record of myself and an invitation for your own reflection of how this very moment in time connects to all your other parts of self. May we all emerge together soon.