For February, we asked our contributors to write on the theme of resolution—motherhood things we intend to do or to do better, things we would never do, have never done, thought we’d never do but did anyway. What came through the writings we received is the resolve to parent at one’s best. So much of motherhood can offer challenge, and our writers embrace that challenge, showing grace and strength through their struggle.
Writer Tara Borin resolves in “Martyr No More” to stop being a martyr, weaning her second child off nursing earlier than the first. She is “both sovereign nation” and “colonized land, fighting for control of what was” hers. Christine Torosian resolves to allow her newborn daughter to be the “hero of her own story,” wanting only to encourage her to be strong and independent in “Unexpected Grace.” In “Nesting,” repeat contributor Ann Klotz finds her resolve to do what mothers do—“nest and re-nest”—as she readies herself for the last of her children to grow and leave home. In our fourth essay, Stephanie Burke writes of her decision to adopt a child after multiple attempts to have another baby end in heartbreak. Like a tree readying itself for winter, Burke resolves to allow herself to abandon one plan to make way for another. We are so excited to share these pieces—many of which were written by our contributors during our January literary boot camp. They speak so joyously to the resolve that is mothering.
In poetry, each of our poet’s words show us just how much it matters to them to get their motherhood right. The resolve to give birth, to not pass one’s weaknesses on to her children, to speak for the world, to provide the right foundation—neither too gentle nor too firm, to relish the moment of holding a child. They craft their motherhood as they craft their poems–with beauty and love.
This theme is dear to us at Mothers Always Write. Join us in resolving to use our motherhood to make the world better.