Bright Spot

Walking by my daughter’s room, I answer a math question, which delights me immensely. I can do math. More accurately, I did a lot of math in high school, some in college. This particular problem isn’t even all that challenging. But high school math class is somehow buried deep, deep, in my mind, and possibly no longer even accessible.

And yet, like so much else, I feel obligated as a parent to just know this stuff. I grew up in a household where, no matter what the homework, my physicist father could answer my questions — although he always made my siblings and I sharpen a pencil and show your work, legibly. 

I know I can do plenty of things as a mother, or at least competently enough — including keeping a solid roof over our heads — but still, there’s that glimmer of pleasure as I walk by with my arms full of laundry: can cook dinner and do geometry, too — at least for one evening.

The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.
E.E. Cummings
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About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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11 Responses to Bright Spot

  1. heididorr says:

    Love the photo! (And, this blog made me smile.)

  2. Gran Torino says:

    Mothers can always solve the theorems of life. Nice post and Cummings quote. GT

  3. Michelle says:

    I love that. You ARE very capable.

  4. You have a lot of super powers. One is math. The other is selection of outstanding poetry excerpts! e.e., you said it.

  5. I stopped being able to do that when Molly was in 3rd grade- Brava you!

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