When Mothering Ends Too Soon

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

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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…