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LATESPRING


Irises and radishes are up Up UP. Those delicate bloodroot blossoms come and gone. Missing little boys are Found At Last in their bedrooms, pressed face first into fans, slowly chanting I. am. a. roboooootttt. over and over (and over again). Here- we’ve found June, latespring rolling into summer.

Last week as second grade was winding down for Gus, I began squirreling away his art supplies in a downstairs closet that holds toilet paper, the vacuum, and none of his interest. In a particularly inspired moment, I had determined to turn the old washroom- wood paneled walls, an un-plumbed chipping tub, essentially a glorified closet -into an artist’s studio for Gus. Certainly that for him would be miles better than what the room had become for me- a source of stress as a mob of displaced items had marched their way into the space over the course of our move, slowly covering the floor and filling the old tub in a dizzying weave of etceteras. For the price of a trio of new glue sticks, a few rolls of washi tape, and a night of shocking little sleep- the catchall of moving hell became a proper Artist’s Nook. A place to knit, read, paint, draw, sculpt, weave, collage, etcetera- it is already so well loved.

Earlier this year we decided to transition away from the school we’ve been a part of for the last five years and begin homeschooling in the fall. It has been both a complete surprise and something that feels a long time coming. We’re excited and hopeful, and finding a sort of freedom we didn’t realize we were missing, but it’s equally true that we’re mourning the loss of a place we’ve known and loved in daily life for the better part of Gus’s childhood. I have easily furrowed 3 new lines into permanent being between my brows wondering what it will look and feel and be like to leave our community and set out on a new path with my most precious, important person. Above all- I just want to do right by him, and in the liminal space of summer- neither there nor there- it’s hard to know, easy to worry. Perhaps this is just the plight of all parents, in all choices.

The past year has felt like life in the forge. It’s been beautiful and wonderful and exhausting in all of its newness-by-fire. This summer is our exhale, a space to let time unfurl. I recently pen-to-papered a rhythm for our weekdays- a loose form to drape ourselves over as we come back to our breath. Beekeeping and a few raised garden beds, a quilt for a first birthday, swimming, friends.. a little of this in the morning, a little of that in the afternoon. It’s a generous rhythm with a spaciousness to say yes to spur of the moment bike rides and crisp baking and owl pellet dissections, or whatever Friday’s heart desires. So far it has both held and freed us nicely.

At the end of the day I’m bone tired. I start shortly before 5 a.m. and am barely awake come bedtime for the kids. Despite it being no great work, it’s taken me since starting on Sunday to write this debriefing. Wakefulness and the space to write seem rarely to overlap, but I am trying. Also- grateful. It is an immense privilege, the great joy of my life, to be here, in the trenches, whole-being mothering without reservation.

Sharing our gentle summer rhythm below.

Weekly Rhythm

Monday

Morning: nature/community focus

Afternoon: free play, swim, time with friends

Tuesday

Morning: hike through woods to library story time

Afternoon: painting, drawing

Wednesday

Morning: destination beach/hike

Afternoon: quilting (or other handwork)

Thursday

Morning: nature/community focus

Afternoon: free play, swim, time with friends

Friday

Morning: quilting (or other handwork)

Afternoon: free play, swim, time with friends

The old tub is hidden under this little bench!

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