Repeat After Me

“It’s like…” I began to say, my eyes trailing over the outline of the closed door, my hands raised as if they would aid me in explaining what couldn’t quite be explained. I paused, considering my words and how hard it was to say how I felt. Finally, I tried, I was a writer, wasn’t…

The Tale of the Unworn Gown

Many years ago, when I was growing more comfortable with my relationship, I entertained the idea that we would get married and began a secret Pinterest board. I was too shy to let anyone know it existed and felt like a preteen writing my name + the last name of my crush together with a…

Returning to Happiness

It’s easy to be pulled away by life. The long list of tasks, the never-ending chores; they are more powerful than they seem and can easily whisk you away from more pleasurable things. You’re trucking along, focusing on the changing of seasons, but then you’re suddenly thrown into a whirlwind of unplanned activity and calendar…

Sunrise

The alarm was set for 6:45. The previous day had been complete with freezing temperatures, too much wind, traveling by car, looking for bears, hiking and shivering, and being up for far too long; so the idea of getting up at 6:45 was met with general distaste. Neither of us believed we would be able…

Fall Cleaning

A number of years ago I began to crochet a blanket. This was a tedious, extended task that lasted for years and was all due to the fact that I was desiring a fall-colored blanket that was large, thick, and comfortable. In my mind, I pictured this blanket being essential on chilly autumn mornings when…

Gathering

My mother read Little House in the Big Wood to me when I was tiny. Tucked into my twin-sized bed with a line of stuffed animals peeking out from under the covers on both sides, I’d stare at the cover of the book–a sketch of Laura cradling her baby doll–while my mother read through the…

To My Dearest

Having children is only a dream at this point. We have a lot to do in our lives before we can begin trying for children. A wedding, for one. Not that we particularly care if we have children before the wedding, we just can’t fathom adding on pregnancy/childbirth/child raising onto our already hectic schedule. And…

Greatest Morning

I’m sitting on our deck. It was hastily made, as are most of the row homes in Northern Virginia, thrown up with quick effort because time is money. The deck is narrow, untreated, and the wood is buckling underneath. It creaks as you walk across it and can’t fit any decent deck furniture. But we…

Sky Lakes and Wooded Paths

I was a teenager when I first was introduced to Minnewaska. I loved the name, it was rich with the heritage of the area. Growing up at the foot of the Catskill Mountains in New York, there was a blend of both Dutch and Native American names in the towns, streets, and natural locations. Nestled…

Summer Slowdown

The storms rolled through Sunday¬†afternoon with thunder that shook the windows and vibrated the floor. The rain fell so heavily that the street turned into a pond. But shortly after, it was clear. The sky was blue, the trees glistened with raindrops, and the temperature had dropped. Wind came through to push away the humidity…

Finding Escape from Post-Vacation

For months, July 31 – August 7 was marked on my calendar. I even counted up from that final Friday beforehand, all to indicate how far away it was. 43, 42, 41, 40, 39… I rejoiced every time we would move out of one bracket of numbers and into another, I’d rejoice again when we…

Observance: August 8, 2016

I woke up far too early. I could have slept for an additional hour but the thoughts of my overflowing inbox clogged my mind. After a week away from work, I had the undesirable task of returning to work. For all the rest one can get on vacation, the first week returning to the office…