Faith, Family, & Focaccia

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Morning Haiku: day one of National Poetry Writing Month

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So, April is National Poetry Month. In our wonderful digital age this means, of course, that a community has organically sprung up to write and share poetry this month: National Poetry Writing Month or NaPoWriMo. The idea is to write a poem a day all through April.

My efforts during November for NaNoWriMo (1 novel in one month) fell dismally short, but I’m blaming that on the fact that, you know, I was in the final stages of preparation for an international move. Add that excuse to the fact that my life at the moment seems to be naturally generating a lot of poetic outbursts with little or no encouragement, and I feel fairly confident that this time will be different. Plus, I’m starting out easy. My first offering is the haiku that sprang to life yesterday morning when Princess Imagination burrowed under my covers in the blessed moments before we had start the day.

sleeping Princess

Waking-up Song

Mommy, can we snuggle?

Will you hold me warm and close?

BEST ask of the day.

Author: Serena Gideon Rice

In early 2011 my family moved our home, temporarily, from New Jersey to Milan, Italy. In the process I quit what had been my dream job conducting policy-directed social science research, to focus on my other dream job, raising our two young children. The three-year adventure was exciting, exhausting, disorienting, fulfilling, and countless other contradictions. It also birthed in me a desire to share my reflections on life's joys and challenges with anyone who cares to reflect with me. Now that we have returned to the US I'm finding that the new perspective I gained in Europe has come with me, and gives me a whole new way of interacting with my home. There's still so much to learn and share! I hope you'll share the journey, and add your own lessons to my daily education.

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