"I realize that swingsets in sandy parks are to my life as a mother what long drives with a rolled-down window and a pack of cigarettes were to my pre-baby self. Strip away the smokes and the sand and the only difference is wind and whose hair it's tousling.
The wind isn't in my hair anymore. Not in the same way it used to be with the sunroof open and all the windows.
And yet? By watching my children swing back and forth today, their laughter breaking like waves in overlap, I was able to see myself far more clearly than I ever did or could have in the rear-view mirror of my old silver car.
Back and forth,
forward and backward,
again and again,
They swing like a pendulum.
And my hair blows fiercer than it ever did before."
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Love this (from Rebecca Woolf at Girl's Gone Child):