- Bathing suits are not my favorite. No matter how fit I feel, how much I’ve been running, or how much I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am never, ever growing a single inch taller, something about a bathing suit makes all of my body’s flaws — real and perceived — seem brighter than the glow of my ghost-pale skin. One day, I hope to find my inner mermaid, and this post from Nicole Jankowski gives me hope that the aforementioned mermaid is splashing around in my subconsciousness, patiently waiting for me to give her permission to swim.
- I don’t name it, the thing that pull me awake in the middle of the night to go check on the kids; the thing that twists my stomach in knots when I worry about the things over which I don’t really have control; the thing that makes me cry because I can’t put them in a bubble and then cry because I know it’s wrong to want to do that. The incomparable Kristin Shaw writes candidly about parenting with anxiety. It’s a must-read. She says, “I WANT to give him as much free rein as makes sense. But it is extremely difficult for me as a mother with anxiety tendencies. It feels like trying to hold back a hurricane inside my head; I want to circle and hold him close to me and instead, I push the storm back down, deep inside, and put a smile on my face.” I understand, and maybe you will, too.
- A bout of mono in high school — NOT gotten in the fun, kissing-a-boy kind of way — meant The Breakfast Club on repeat, and I loved reading “Molly Ringwald is a Gen-X Parent Just Like Us (Well Mostly)” from Allison Slater Tate for The Mid. There’s something comforting in knowing even icons deal with parenting frustrations and questions about how our children are growing up in a more connected world than we even imagined as teens. (Also, she’s a storyteller at heart, and you know I adore that.)
- If you’re looking for something to read this summer, check out the 20 blogger recommendations at BonBon Break. I’m not just saying that because I contributed a suggestion… the depth and breadth of recommended titles will fill up your summer reading list in no time.
- In a space where people write frequently about the inner workings of their lives, I found this post from Robin at Farewell Stranger poignant and thought-provoking. Different levels of comfort and sharing abound online, and the idea that messiness needs to be unpacked somewhere, even in private, hit home for me.
Did you read something this week you loved? I’d love to check it out.