Let me begin with this video because it's funny even while slightly obnoxious.

To parents who choose to forego vaccines, I'm curious if you're as fearful as I am of your kid catching the measles? Does it worry you that your baby might get exposed to polio? Forget all the other children in the world that you're putting at risk, I'm just wondering if you worry about your OWN KIDS catching diseases long-eradicated. 

Also, I'm wondering if you require your kids to wash their hands. If so, why? Are you concerned about germs? 

Don't really see the difference. 

In the meantime, if you don't have your shots, stay away from my kid.

Mother things and other things

I have been keeping a journal of Eleanor's life elsewhere, but here I am again and the internet doesn't have enough stuff on it, yet does it? Here's some more, even though it's been a while.

Mother Mag is one of my biggest "mom treats" these days. I love them. I eat up pretty much every article they write and instagram they post. It's as though we are in middle school and I am me and they are that bright friendly girl that always made my day when she said hi to me during PE because she was so cool. They're that. Read them.

These quotes and images really touched me today. Eleanor is sleeping as I write this, and somehow I magically got the apartment tidied slightly more than usual before 9 am, and I'm 80% caught up on emails. I wonder how these quotes and images will affect others, with and without children, with and without a passion for photography. Today when I looked at them, I took my time. Instead of just clicking/ scrolling through as I do with so many hundreds of others photos each day, I looked for myself in each one. And these quotes from women of all kinds really spoke to me as well.

Hope this means something to someone.


"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials," said Meryl Streep.

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child," said Sophia Loren.

"Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests, or a diminution of the great pleasures to be had in the everyday," said Martha Stewart.

"I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you're just thinking, 'This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.' And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible," said Tina Fey.

"Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary–it’s an act of infinite optimism," said Gilda Radner.

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path," said Agatha Christie.

"Motherhood is the most completely humbling experience I've ever had. It puts you in your place, because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in—and if you can't stand up to those principles when you're raising a child, forget it," said Diane Keaton.

"A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled," said Emily Dickinson.

all images and quotes via Mother Mag