TELLURIDE – “With my first child, I lost my interests. With my second child, I lost my identity,” is how one woman describes her personal transformation during motherhood.
How do we lean into motherhoodís paradoxical blend of miracle and loss? Writing can help. And a workshop sponsored by Bright Futures for Early Childhood & Families and the Wilkinson Public Library’s Tell Mama program aims to show mothers (and even dads) how helpful writing can be. Lost in Motherland: Writing to Discover Who We Are(n’t), takes place four Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson Library. The class is free, and childcare is available.
As James Pennebroke writes in Opening Up, writing “clears the mind” and helps us “understand and reorient our complicated lives” and “helps keep our psychological compass oriented.”
Local mothers and writers Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Ellen Marie Metrick will lead other mothers in a writing practice that also includes moving meditation, mapping, reading and other pathways that help us reorient ourselves and meet the moment as it is.
Telluride-area resident Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, mother of Finn (6) and Vivian (2) and stepmother of Shawnee (27), is the award-winning author of numerous poetry collections. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Prairie Home Companion, and The Telluride Watch. For 10 years she directed the Telluride Writers Guild. Since becoming a mother, Trommerís favorite one-word mantra is “adjust.”
Norwood resident Metrick is mother of Mari (7.7) and Spot-the-dog (2), and is the current editor of The Norwood Post. But it is poetry that is Metrick’s passion, something she struggles to keep ahold of in “motherland” – which might become the title of her next collection, “If I ever write it,” she confesses. Metrick published pOETISATTVA in 2001, and she teaches writing, poetry and performance.
The four-week workshop is meant to explore how, amidst the blessings and challenges of motherhood, we transform. What happens when we ask, “Who am I?” As Hindu spiritual teacher Ramana Maharshi said, “The purpose of that question is not to find an answer but to dissolve the questioner.”
For more information about the class, call Elizabeth at the Wilkinson Library, 728-4519 x14.