This is 33

Last month, this little turkey turned two. Yesterday, I turned thirty-three. And of course, today is Thanksgiving. Lots of occasions for reflection. It’s easy to say that what I’m most thankful for is her — because it’s true. Like any toddler, she does cry and whine on occasion, but on the whole, she’s such a joyful little creature. And now she can talk, she can sing, she can draw, she can imagine. She fills us with awe every day.

This is 33: Holding my daughter in my arms at the end of each night, telling her “just one more minute,” and then counting to 100 instead of 60, because sometimes I just want to savor the moment a little bit longer.

She’s in full-time daycare now, and while I miss her terribly when she’s away, I also revel in having my whole day back. I love the quiet of the house while the sun is shining through the windows. I appreciate the ease of running errands, scheduling appointments, and doing all the other tedious things adults have to do, without worrying about how to bring her along. Even though I am honored by my role as a mother, I enjoy feeling like my own person for a few hours. I live for sitting at the table with my journal and my pen and actually writing again.

This is 33: Returning to my roots, just a girl with some time and some blank pages, and stories simmering inside her. 

6 responses to “This is 33”

  1. T.S. Bazelli Avatar

    Happy Birthday to both you and little IB! Those moments really are the best.

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Thank you! <3

  2. Anthony Lee Collins Avatar

    Belated happy birthday from me, too.

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Thanks so much!

  3. Browsing the Atlas Avatar

    Happy belated birthday, Kristan! I’m sure your beautiful daughter is inspiring you in some many new ways. :)

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Thanks, and you’re so right, she is!