July 2014 Archive

Did you poo us out? Telling my children about giving birth

Posted Tuesday 29th July 2014   By Ericka Waller

I was in the bath with the girls, when Thing-one asked “How did we get out your tummy? there is no hole” lifting my sagging envelope of skin to see if there was a secret trapdoor hidden in the folds of flesh.

Do you see yourself in your children?

Posted Tuesday 15th July 2014   By Ericka Waller

I never wanted to have daughters. I brooded over mini versions of my husband. Brown eyes like pools of chocolate. I never considered the idea of mini versions of me. I did not want to see myself reflected in someone else’s face. The thought of passing on my flaws and failings and fears horrified me. I wanted to harvest perfection, and I was so far from it.