The Practice of Being Ourselves

J_Cindy

“Mom, can I watch Youtube?” “Mom, can I have a snack?” “Mom, can I buy this book?” My children are constantly asking me for permission to do just about everything in their routines. Mostly, it’s just out of habit. “Mom, can I go to the bathroom?” Um, yes, yes, please do, and really, you don’t […]

Permission to Be Loved

M_Idelette2

We sat around the table on a Monday afternoon eating turkey sandwiches when my friend said, I’m bisexual. Um, please pass the honey mustard? It might have been the last place I expected our conversation to go that day. I felt honored when he trusted me with this part of his story. I listened and listened […]

Talking To My Inner Toddler

M_Holly2

The day started off well enough. I woke before my 19-month-old son did, the one sleeping in the crook of my arm, and that miracle afforded me a minute to adjust my eyes to the morning light seeping through the curtains and for my groggy brain to conjure up one complete thought. I sighed, audibly. […]

Ten Years and a T-Shirt

M_Sas

The other evening I pulled on an old T-shirt from a punk band I saw when I was a teenager. The sleeves are cut off and it is something I would never leave the house in now, but still, it’s a physical reminder of a time ten years ago, when I went to a concert, […]

I Shall Be A Champion of Freedom and Justice

M_Stephanie

By Stephanie Sauer | @stephaniesauer1 “I shall be a Champion of Freedom and Justice.” “I shall build a more peaceful world.” I’m a 39-year-old mother of three. Seven months ago, I started Taekwondo training with my seven-year-old son, Jacob. Talk about getting out of my comfort zone! Even after seven months of training, I still have […]