Light in Motherhood: A Collection of Short Stories

light in motherhood

light in motherhood
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By the Light of the Moon

By Melissa Ressler

“Mommy! Where is the moon?”

“There it is, look behind you.”

“I see it! I see the moon!”

“It’s bright tonight. Full. Big and round.”

“Round like a circle!”

“Yep. It’s a good nightlight for the earth.”

***

“Mommy! Where is the moon?”

“There it is, near that house.”

“I see it! I see the moon! It’s little.”

“Yep. The moon’s light changes shapes. What does it look like?”

“Like C is for Cookie – that’s good enough for me!”

***

“Mommy! Where is the moon?”

“Behind those clouds.”

“I can’t see it.”

“Neither can I. But it’s still there.”

“Hiding from us?”

“Yep. We’ll see it again.”

***

“Mommy! Where is the moon?”

“Above the trees.”

“Even at gramma’s house?”

“Even at gramma’s house.”

“Is it following us?”

“Yep. It’s always there, the same moon no matter where you are.”

***

My love is the moonlight.

My love is full – joyful, exuberant. We are dancing in the living room, cuddling in her bed, picking up sticks at the park.

My love is exhausted and impatient -hanging on by a rounded sliver. I am detangling her hair, cleaning up after her fourth accident of the morning, leaving a party early.

My love is camouflaged – behind rules and routines, too opaque for a two-year-old to understand. It orders her to hold my hand, stop climbing onto the kitchen counter, to put down that piece of parking lot candy.

My love will follow her. Always. I stare at her picture during my lunch hour, offer to edit her college admission essays, bring her a casserole and tucks pads when she becomes her own child’s moonlight.

In different shapes and forms and expressions, my love and light are always there, following her. Even at gramma’s house.


Melissa Ressler is a writer, social worker, and mother who would rather have you over for dinner than introduce herself through this three sentence biography. You can find her words at www.melissaressler.wordpress.com. Her work has been featured at Literary Mama, Mothers Always Write, Upwrite Magazine, and Parent.Co, among others.

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2 comments

  1. Absolutely! The most challenging times of my life have always been the ones I remember as the most rewarding. I keep thinking that, when my kid is no longer a kid, that I will probably pay any amount just to re-live even the most stressful Tuesday night of rushing home to get him to his little league practice on and time of forcing homework to get done. Savor the journey!
    1. I loved Elizabeth Penney's feelings about raising children. It really made me think! Those young years go by so fast and they are definitely times to be treasured! As a Grandma of teenage and adult children I am doubly blessed with wonderful memories! Anyone who thinks being a Mom, ends when their children are grown is sadly mistaken . . . at least when it comes to me . . . I still worry a little about my kids and the grandkids, like when they are going thru a stressful time or one of their children are. Motherhood is never ending and one should realize this when they decide to be one . . . and I wouldn't trade being a Mom/Grandmom for ANYTHING! They are all my light forever!

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About The Author Kristin Helms

Kristin Helms is the author of, From Boardroom to Baby: A Roadmap for Career Women Transitioning to Stay-at-Home Moms, and the founder of Tribe Magazine and Mom Tribe. Her mommy musings have appeared on The Huffington Post, Pregnant Chicken, Big City Moms, and Literary Mama, among others. She resides in San Diego, California with her husband and two spirited toddlers.