Charissa

Does Your Mischievous Spirit Need Initiated Too?

Does Your Mischievous Spirit Need Initiated Too?

My 5-year-old daughter, more than any of my other kids, regularly gets in trouble at school. This week she called a certain boy “a loser” because he interrupted her and a friend while they were reading together. Honestly, I don’t blame her. 😉 Hand in hand as we walked to the front door of school […]

i’m nursing heartache today, here’s what I’m doing about it.

i’m nursing heartache today, here’s what I’m doing about it.

I nurse my cup of tea today like my heartache. I wrap both my hands around it tenderly and with a firmness that communicates I won’t let you go. These hands won’t abandon or drop you, don’t you worry. Like the tea in my cup, I feel the warmth of my heart emanating out, filling […]

My Desires Scare Me.

My Desires Scare Me.

My desires scare me. They feel so unruly. Like blackberry vines snaking underneath foundations and garden boxes, upending what is designed to be kept tidy and secure. If I sit with them for more than a few minutes I become uncomfortable and want to look away. How can these desires be coming from within me? […]

In Praise of Mediocre Mothering (& A Warning To My Kids)

In Praise of Mediocre Mothering (& A Warning To My Kids)

I’m 11.5 years into this gig and I still suck. Hi, I’m Charissa. A mother who doesn’t have her shit together. I’m floored by my inability to love and care for my brood of chicks. I assumed it would come more naturally, like a mother hen I suppose. From the moment I cradled my first […]