When Mothering Ends Too Soon

This piece originally appeared in Modern Loss. Republished here with permission.


or me, the stages of motherhood have always been marked by different kinds of laundry.

When my girls were babies, the laundry basket overflowed with tiny socks, onesies, and milk-stained towels. These gave way to leggings, t-shirts, and cotton dresses in primary colors during their toddler and preschool…