I’ve been lucky enough to know a collection of amazing women, among them Patty Fox, author and stylist; Carolyn See, author and teacher; Sara Petite, singer; and Coco Leraas, artist. When I think about some of the things these intriguing women had/have in common, one big factor is just how much each of them authored her own story. While each of them had the same humble beginnings as the rest of us (and in some cases, much rougher or much humbler), each of them decided that she was going to live exactly the life she desired.
So often, I feel the reality of the dilemma Sylvia Plath described in The Bell Jar, wherein life is a fig tree offering life paths of every sort; I always worry that I haven’t chosen wisely, and like the narrator, will wind up with all of them wrinkled and blackened around my feet. Yet, from these women, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what fig you wind up with, it’s the story you write around it that matters.
I’m a teacher, I’m a wife, and I’m a mother. I’m also a failed novelist, National Geographic reporter, and primatologist…all the little figs I grasped at, whether in dreams or in earnest. I don’t know that I’m who I thought I’d be by the time I was this age, however, I’ve learned a lot and I’m always trying something new, and I’m eager to share both with the world.
This blog will share some of the best of my teaching, my recipes, holiday art, momma hacks, travel tips and my experiences as a host mom to foreign au pairs. If it ever becomes a reality again, it might also be about being an attentive wife ;).
My mother always told me I led a charmed life, and though I often worry about choices I’ve made, when I add it all up, it truly is exactly that.