Faith, Family, & Focaccia

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Little Mother: Day 14 of the April Poetry Challenge

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Something a little more light-hearted for today’s offering… because I spent all weekend with the kids.


Little Mother


The little mother tells on her brother

“his room’s an awful mess!”

The glint behind her pious eyes

anticipates distress.


Reminding her “that’s not your job”

produces a pretty pout.

Oh how she longs to wield the law,

at misbehavior, shout.


But you’re not ready, Little Miss

to practice discipline.

For now I must remind you that

your room is a pig pen!

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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