my week in objects (mostly).

February 5, 2021

1. this olive tree.

{for blooming.}

2. this book.

{for escaping.}

3. these carnations.

{for cheering.}

4. this desk support.

{for existing.}

5. this ponytail.

{for no longer being on my head.}

other things:

you may start to feel that these individual decisions about who should stay home make intuitive sense. resist that urge. they really don’t.

a more perfect mother.

moving coat.

how am i?

overlooked work.

the cherries will come.

these are the tactics that abusers use.

having a routine to survive the days doesn’t mean mothers are OK.

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  • Reply Kim M February 5, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    How is the book? I was looking at it yesterday online. Aspirational dreaminess… I appreciate this has been an especially tough week for you; I always appreciate your Friday posts laced with optimism and gratitude. Hope you are can enjoy the weekend.

  • Reply Jay February 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Is this a fragrant olive tree?

  • Reply Rachel February 8, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Lots of good motherhood content to grapple with. My husband shared with me how hurtful it is for people to say he “watches” or “babysits” our son, rather than acknowledging he is simply parenting.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 8, 2021 at 11:38 am

      I mean, it’s infuriating. The fact that these conversations still need to be mother-specific says so much about the pervasiveness of parenting being seen as the responsibility of mothers alone. Believe me when I say this feels impossible for both me *and* James and that the nature of our work means that if anything, he has to take on the lion’s share of the parenting while I do my best to eke out work.


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