Hello Friends:

We’re so excited to bring you our early summer issue. When we write about motherhood, we could tell you that we didn’t feel the tear in our heart when our child stopped wanting to spend time with us and that we didn’t stay up all night sometimes praying that he was safe and would come home. We could choose to document only the positive memories, and leave the others behind. This month, our contributors have written on the subject of “Say What You Mean,” presenting us with honest stories of times they feel they could have done better or had hoped to do more and reminding us that sometimes the simplest of happenings are a mother’s true pleasures.  I love how they present motherhood as both the earnest struggle and the enormous joy that it can be.

Jamie Etheridge tells us that “Motherhood is a journey, and I am at the beginning.” She writes for us from Kuwait where she relishes the halcyon days with her two daughters. Etheridge notes, “For the first time in my life, I am unfathomably content.”

What an interesting take R.S. Wynn presents in her piece “Mother-ing” where she shows us the transition between step-parenting and grand-mothering, proving her theory that the “step” disappears between generations.

You’ll love Deborah Batterman’s “A Ring, a Pair of Shoes, a Wedding”—a mother’s honest depiction of her feelings and experience when her daughter gets married.

Finally, walk beside Shelley Mann as her essay “Book of Lasts” shares a familiar struggle of watching a child grow up and not always being able to be there in the way a mother wants to.

What will strike you as the common theme in these pieces is the honesty. Each of these mothers is telling it just like it is, just like they experienced it.

Lastly, don’t miss our poetry offerings with delights from return poet Carol Lynn Stevenson, Ingrid Anders, as well as poets new to our publication.

We are so happy you are here.

All my best,