- Melanie Meehan
- I taught for several years at a residential school for children with emotional disabilities before staying home after the birth of my second daughter. I returned to teaching, finished my Educational Leadership program in May of 2012, and now work as our district's Writing and Social Studies Coordinator. I have always loved writing and find constant inspiration from my family. Maybe someday, I will get to see my name on the cover of a book!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Slice #6 of 31: You Just Have to Listen, Mom...
This month, I have committed to writing every day through the community at Two Writing Teachers. All are welcome to the March Slice of Life Challenge!
One of the many things that I love about the Slice of Life Challenge is that it gives me the opportunity to peek into the lives of families who are younger than mine.
This morning, I read Beth's story about picking her son up from daycare and basking in the joy he had to see her. I look forward to Dana's stories because they focus on the small moments of humor and joy she finds in her girls' relationship, and Stacey always has a wonderful snippet to share about Isabelle. I miss those days. I miss the sticky-uppy hair. (My girls' hair is now coiffed, straightened, producted, braided...) I miss the bare feet and nightie. (The girls sleep in sweats and go to sleep after I do...) And I miss the unbridled, unselfconscious, ecstatic demonstrations of love.
Beth, Dana, Stacey, and many more of you remind me to find my moments, even with my teenagers--on May 27th, I will officially have FOUR of them.
Last night at dinner, we were all there, except for Larkin who is at college. Julia was sitting across the table from me, next to Clare, and I asked her a question. I don't remember what the question was. I don't remember the answer, either. What I do remember is that when I asked her to repeat her answer, Clare knew exactly what Julia had mumbled.
"How did you understand that?" my husband asked.
Across from me, the two of them laughed and bumped elbows.
"You just have to listen, Mom," Clare said.
Somehow, I think their communication involves more than listening.
And I celebrate.