August 2, 2010

Softly, Mother

Eyes in the back of my head, fingers in my toes, food in my breast.

I'm prescribing stillness to a fast forwarding life. Not a pause, not idling. But being still. Lying in the grass, with no camera. Watching, and not recording. Nursing without an iPhone in hand.

Twittering to the world about how I'm living in the moment is not really living in the moment.

I've found it's just not possible to write it all down, even though I am doomed to continue to try.

originally published 7.19.09

It's World Breastfeeding Week. You can see photos/read my words about breastfeeding & extended breastfeeding here.


  1. This is so true. When I move back to VA I plan to take a long break from the internet, twitter, etc. Only posting to my personal blog not for anyone else though, just for me to keep track of M!

  2. almost everything you say is quotable :) i have a blog now. thanks for inspiring.

  3. Such a calming post for a hectic Monday. Makes me want to redo the weekend and go lie in the yard. :o)


  4. So true. We had this message at church not too long ago, and it really makes you think about how we do need to SLOOOOWWW DOWN at times. This is a big reason why I stopped nursing Elise in the middle of the night in front of the computer or TV. That time in the middle of the night is OUR time, to focus on each other and not get all wrapped up in the idiocies of the Internet. It is important to focus on one thing at a time, so we don't lose ourselves or our way. Do I want every nursing experience with my daughter to be lost because she may be looking into my eyes, but mine are fixated on what's going on in everyone else's world on Facebook or Twitter?

  5. I remember reading this post last summer, I had the same reaction when I read it then as I did today: Yes. Yes. Yes. (much nodding) Here's to being still.

  6. You have a beautiful way with words, my friend.


  7. I started reading this post and thought, "This sounds familiar." Then, I realized that it's because I've read it before. ;)

    It's fun. I've been following your blog for years now. Blogging is a beautiful thing.

    Hope to see you in-person again someday...

  8. You help point me in the right direction, yet never come across as preaching. Thank you for another reminder to slow down and enjoy the journey!


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