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On Writing, Mothering, and Slouching Towards Fulfillment


Much to ponder in today’s re-blog; even if you’re not a mother…

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author-photo Sarah Curtis Graziano

By Sarah Curtis Graziano

Recently, I was talking with a writer who told me that she’d enrolled in an MFA program years ago, when her teenage son was very small. The experience taught her a simple lesson, she said, one still applies to her life today: that she is a better mother when she writes.

“Because you’re fulfilled,” I said, nodding in solidarity. It seems like a no-brainer —  happier people make better parents, right? Though in truth, her sentiment made me feel guilty because I could not fully share it. It’s not that writing doesn’t make me happier; unquestionably, it does. Returning to the page after ten years in the trenches raising my daughters has been surprisingly liberating. I find that a solid day of writing can swoop my brain up and over the muck of adult life, with all its petty schoolyard dramas, its apocalyptic news…

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