My life, to this point, has been a map of uphill, hair pin turns

Keywords: mom

I have had many mothers both biological, marital and those of honorary title through the years. Linda, who chose me at the age of 3 when she wed my father in her early twenties, has been the constant figure of maternal guidance in my world. She is turning 60 this week. My brother has organized a book of letters from 60 friends and relatives expressing their gratitude for her in their lives. He felt that the pandemic should not get in the way of those in our lives being given the opportunity to connect and express their love. Isn’t that what all of this is about in the end? “This is a fantastic idea!” I said enthusiastically, through text and with heart emojis for emphasis. And then I began to contemplate the task I had before me.

https://tinkerandbake.com/2021/07/18/my-maps-true-north

The look on their sad faces as they walk away

Keywords: {0}

[…] my career was first and then my family. While my family was suffering, I was also sad to see how hard it was trying to maintain my work life, that I couldn’t keep it together at home. I’m sure this is the same for everyone. But it got to the point where it was awful for my health – mentally and physically. Working 80+ hours a week and the kids asking for mommy but she’s still on the computer screen.

https://laujmingnas.wordpress.com/2021/07/01/happy-birthday-to-me

I know now that there are some things too big and too painful to be fixed by simply “washing my face” of it

Keywords: Grief , Loss , Motherhood , single mom , single parenting , Suicide , Widow

Each of my kids feels the loss of their dad in a different way, and I feel helpless in that I know this is something I can’t fix for them. My boy, who was 5 when his dad died, can still recall the life he had with him. There is both joy and sadness in those memories, and also a fear of losing someone else he cares about. My daughter, who was only 2 1/2, only really knows a life without a daddy. She begins to notice at daycare and then at school, that she is one of the only kids without one, and so she asks me if we can “find” her a dad…as if it is as simple as putting an ad in the paper, picking the best option and inserting him into our lives without there being any expectations on me with this man.

https://messybutneverbroken.com/2021/05/07/not-instagram-approved

I have some real life longevity goals, but first I need to have the credentials to achieve them

Keywords: blog , slice of life , 6 pm , 6pm , by6pm , paige six , paigesix , six pm , sixpm

I’m not in a rush. I want to have high scores and be able to do this at my leisure. My daughter is still home, and young enough to need me frequently. I also will need to be in school for some of my more focused classes working with the plants or in a lab, so I can’t set myself up for failure by devoting all of my time to school when I know that I will have obligations at home to compete for time with.

https://by6pm.art/2021/04/19/a-change-in-plans