Writing Motherhood, by Lisa Garrigues, is a great book for those of you who would like to write about motherhood, but feel intimidated by the process and the time it takes. The book is filled with prompts for getting started and strategies to grab little bits of time.
I share Dawn's dislike of prompts, and my process is very like what the author proposes in the book already. I have a notebook that is with me at all times, I never called it my Mother Notebook, but that's what it is. My notebook is filled with the Stuff of motherhood, reminders and doodles and schedules and endless ruminations on the sleep habits of my babies. Frustration and joy that would have been lost to the memory laspes of sleep deprivation are saved in those pages. It was a surprise to see how much I found in those pages that I had forgotten.
The author is inpsiring when she writes about the intrinsic worth of writing about those details of motherhood that seem too mundane to record. Especially in the early years I never thought I was writing much of substance, but a quick look back at spent notebooks revealed my life as it was and is. When my daughters are old enough to read back through my pages and pages of scribblings, they will get a vivid picture of what their babyhood was like from my perspective.
The book is thoughtfully written, with short chapters that get to the point quickly, so you can leave this book in your bathroom and grab little nuggets of writerly and motherly wisdom as you attend to your most basic needs. It's an easy, cheerful read and a great gift for that mother you know who is in the thick of transition to motherhood and could use an easy, simple structure to get her expressing, in her own words, what motherhoood is like for her. Mother's Day is coming; I'm sure you can think of a mom this would be a great gift for. It might be you.