Archives for March 2012

March Madness (One Thousand Gifts, 97-116)

In like a lion, out like a lamb, that’s what they say about this month. Others call it madness. I don’t have a name for it yet. It’s hard to find the right words when a friend’s missing cat is found dead in the pond, when another’s father is diagnosed with cancer, when my husband’s has a heart attack. When my boy falls from the slide and bloodies his face, when another boy falls further into […]

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 11th Birthday

Dear Rainey, I was digging through some old papers the other day and came across a picture of you. It was February 29, 2008 – Leap Day – and you drew side-by-side self-portraits, one of you then and one of you four years in the future. I remember it vividly, hanging there in the hallway outside your first grade classroom, how inconceivable it seemed to me at the time that you’d ever get any bigger, that you’d ever grow into the fifth grader you imagined yourself becoming on the right side […]

The Land of Enchantment

Some girls like bad boys. I like bad lands. That probably explains why New Mexico wooed me last week, with its desert cactus and dormant volcanoes and ghost towns off Old Route 66. These are the things that make me weak in the knees. I share this love affair of open, unforgiving landscapes with my husband, too. It’s what drew us together so many years ago, and it’s when we’re traveling these empty, rugged roads side by side that […]