Welcome to our early summer issue. Here in New England we’ve been waiting for summer to begin. And while it is finally arriving, it is moving in gently—a few seasonal days sandwiched by weather that identifies more with rainy spring and crisp-aired fall. We wait and we wish.

Our early summer issue is filled with pieces about wishing. Essayist Gail Hammill teaches us about the “unwritten charter of rights, liberties and privileges” of boys and how to raise them in her wonderfully creative piece “Mothers’ Magna Carta.” From Hammill’s piece we learn the rules for allowing boys to “wield sticks at their playmates” in her words an “ancient chaos theory.” Elizabeth Becker in “There is Beauty in the Newborn Wilderness” takes us on an exploration of the beautiful wilderness found in nurturing a newborn baby where we relish the “rawness of the terrain, emotion always so close to the surface.” Katie Sherman writes in “Articulate Babble” about her tiny daughter who suffers from seizures. She invites us to her daughter’s naming and prays the words that every mother “has said at least once.” The beauty of these pieces will linger with you.

In “Sunday Miracles” Cathy Lepik experiences a miracle or two when her teenage son asks to spend time with her on Sundays. She relishes every moment of mother-son bonding time, knowing these days can’t last forever. Jennifer Munroe in “Unconditional Love, Elucidated” writes about her decision whether to adopt her foster child and what it means to give unconditional love to a child who acts out as a result of trauma. Kristina Hunter’s piece “The Nights are Long” brings us into her quest for sleep next to her hungry newborn.

This month’s poetry will fill you. Just wait until you read Tracy Pedal’s “What Hands Cannot Mend.” Or Jesse Albatrasov’s “Father’s Work” in honor of Father’s Day. There are so many more.

We hope this issue about the things mothers most wish for—health and happiness for our children and the capacity to love them fully and selflessly—will bless you as summer sets in.