On Vines and Motherhood

            My clematis plant is heavy with blooms. It’s never been this beautiful before, never beget this many blossoms. I stare at it from my kitchen window, counting the flowers and noting the shades of purple that each one is clothed in.              Every summer, I marvel at how the thin, rubbery, vines of this plant wrap … Continue reading On Vines and Motherhood

Show Your Work

I’m standing in my kitchen, hovering over my son’s shoulder as I read his math question.  “Cal is buying a TV for $429 and a DVD player for $129. He rounds to the nearest tenth to calculate his cost. Round to the nearest tenth and find the total that Cal found.”  “This is useful math,” … Continue reading Show Your Work

Be Still

The sea rose, towering in threatening piles before crashing down upon the boat unleashing its fury and soaking the deck and its sailors. White walls of water hemmed them in, smothered them, trapped them. Seafoam carried by gusts of wind sprayed in unrelenting blasts, clouding their eyes with salt and storm. I’m sure they couldn’t … Continue reading Be Still