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One Lucky Granddaughter

On October 15th, I lost my grandmother to cancer. The disease engulfed Dot’s body almost as quickly as she learned the diagnosis. Three days earlier, when the doctors assured she still had a few weeks, I returned home from my hospital visit, gathered my

When I Write

I write in between blowing on hot food and gluing dried leaves to paper plates. I write in between clipping fingernails and carefully picking up broken pieces of glass. I write in between dropping uneaten food into the garbage and pulling tags off of unworn clothes. I

To My Son, Turning 8

  By Wendy Wisner for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers When I turned 8 years old, I declared 8 my favorite number. I liked its loopy, curvy shape. I traced it on the roof of my mouth. I saw it everywhere, and in everything. Eight o’clock

Unexpected Family Love

By Liisa Ogburn for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I was given less than an hour’s notice before my father-in-law’s blue Volvo station wagon pulled into our driveway. He opened the front door with his own key, rolling the familiar forest green suitcase

How Am I Feeling?

By Randi Olin for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Carol, my Pilates instructor, starts each class asking, “how are you feeling?” After working with her for two years, I know she is asking about our bodies, not our minds. Yet, this morning, with

Heritable Traits

By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers There’s a wicker chair in the corner of the dentist’s treatment room. It’s the parent’s chair. I sat there while my five-and-a-half-year old daughter, Saskia, lay back on the magical chaise. First, she