#SOL15: March Challenge Day 25

In 33 days her son will be born.

In 33 days her tenth great grandchild will be born.


The nursery is ready.

She remembers a time when babysitting multiple babies – babies who slept in dresser drawers.


Diapers are purchased and are ready to be used.

Soft cloth diapers were used and even became “burp rags” when less servicable.


Baby lotion, shampoos, and body wash now abound in multiple scents.

The smell of Johnson and Johnson baby powder brings back memories.


She and her husband read to the baby every night while waiting for birth.

She. without her husband, reads books of her own choice or books for her book club.


Days and nights will soon be surrendered to the cries of the young son.

Days and nights pass endlessly one after the other.


Inspired by kmurphy1027’s “The Start and Finish Line” and found here at Just a Note about Family, two views of the impending birth of a boy – his mother and his great grandmother.  Lives that will soon be changed as the family continues to grow.


Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!


16 responses

  1. Love the time play in this piece…now …then. Things change. Perspective changes. Some things don’t change.

    1. This is a format that I want to come back to again later. I can see it also working in many social studies contexts.

      Change is inevitable but you are correct – “some things don’t change.”

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. This is such a beautiful juxtaposition. The “places” we are when new life happens- when families grow. I love how you took on the mindset of each woman.
    Your voice is hidden, but I can feel your excitement,

    1. Thanks, Julieanne!
      So much excitement and anticipation in my mind and heart! ❤

  3. I love the see-saw structure. Love the way a baby changes lives and hearts. Ten great grandchildren is impressive!

    1. Thanks, Leigh Anne!
      So much fun from babies! And yes, ten great grandchildren is impressive!

  4. A lovely thought piece – I love the play on perspective, so thought-provoking! Yes, in 33 days (or so) life will be very different.

    1. Anna,
      I love your (oh so) as I continually remember that my son was early!

      So fun to take on different perspectives!

  5. Oh my – two joyous perspectives, connected by the universality of having babies and loving them. So exciting, Fran!

    1. Thanks, Tara!
      This needs some polish as well as more conversation with “mom” . . . time!

      I am so amazed that your class has been slicing, you have been slicing, and you were also doing the daily call for classroom slices for part of the month. I can’t complain about “lack of time” at all!

      So looking forward to seeing “Slicers” Saturday and learning LOTS! (Love when brilliance rubs off by the zip code!) ❤

  6. Babies help us build perspective. Each baby that is born in a family creates a new layer of love and legacy. Love the perspective you offer in this slice.

    1. Marcie,
      Like the combination and alliteration of “a layer oflove and legacy”.

      This may turn into a final piece for two very different “Mothers’ Day!”

      Thanks – looking forward to meeting you face to face Saturday!

  7. Allison Jackson | Reply

    Oh, Fran. This made me cry. What a lovely piece.

    And only 33 days now- so close, yet so far.

    1. Thanks, Allison!
      I have thought of other comparisons since then (drive time clarity) but I’m really in the routine of morning publishing! So many layers of meaning . . . so much life . . . so much love!

  8. I came here today not to read and reply but to get to your blog and reread the steps to writing a Currently poem…and then I read this post!! I love how you weaved the 2 perspectives. We both have been writing about new babies! It was my March 24th slice topic – http://mywritingstoriesbysally.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-24-new-births.html

    Now I will continue my search for your other slice as I am determined to write some poetry before the 31st! Safe travels to NYC. I look forward to seeing you at The Kitchenette

    1. Sally,
      I am looking forward to seeing you in two days as well! Miles to go before then!

      Good luck with the “Currently” steps . . . we mostly “did” – finding it easier and easier to “let’s try it!” ❤

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