Catherine Connors is a mother, writer and recovering academic who traded the lecture hall for the playroom and discovered that university students and preschoolers have much the same attention span. She still dips her toes into academic waters by writing the occasional scholarly article about the place of motherhood in Western philosophy, but mostly now she changes diapers and wipes noses and indulges in long reflections on whether Yo Gabba Gabba is a harbinger of the decline of western civilization. Oh, and she blogs: in addition to Bad Mother blogging at BeliefNet, she is, among other things, the author of HerBadMother.com, Managing Editor of MamaPop, moderator of Her Bad Mother’s Basement, co-founder and co-editor of WeCovet, Contributing Editor at BlogHer, and (deep breath) founder of and contributor to Canada Moms Blog. And in her spare time… oh, wait. She doesn’t have spare time. But she’s okay with that.
This picture was taken this past spring, at the Blissdom conference in Nashville. It was taken by my good friend Anissa, who, in the middle of a chat we were having outside the hotel, just dropped to her knees and pointed her camera at Jasper and me and said, ‘this is just such a beautiful moment.’
Anissa’s in the hospital. She had a stroke, and it’s very, very serious, and my heart is sick with worry for her. I thought about posting a picture of her here, or a picture of she and I together, but when I was scrolling through my photos it was this picture, this moment, that jumped out at me, because when I look at it I can see her right there, on the other side of the frame, seeing me and Jasper and seizing the love. Just like her.
(Find out how you can send love and prayers and help to Anissa and her family by checking out the Aiming Low site. And maybe hug a friend today.)