tara isn’t quite sure what to say about herself at this stage of the game. it used to be easy: she used to simply say that she’s a mom to three girls and a stepmom to three girls. that’s six. girls. for a few years, she could say that she and her husband ran an art gallery. but as of last month, they no longer do. she can still say she loves to cook and to make a cozy house. and she still takes lots of *pictures* and *writes* about it all. but she’s not sure yet if she can say she’s a writer and photographer.
on the nightstand:
- several photography books by flickr friends, which serve as constant sources of inspiration and encouragement.
- prodigal summer by barbara kingsolver, which i’m re-reading.
- a large book on the macdowell colony i bought in nh. (a girl can dream…)
- glass milk bottles filled with water, and a glass.
- black hair elastics (i’m becoming one of those ladies who never wears her hair down except when going to sleep.)
- the morning hours.
- my daughters’ summer skin.
- anything vintage in the color of a berry carton.
- daydreaming about sweater weather.
- whatever they’re selling at the farmers’ market.
how does summer inspire you?
i spend the school year
tending to everything,
i do a good job.
i get lunches made,
i get laundry done,
i get everyone
where they should be
when they need to be there.
i tuck them in.
i keep them in line.
i run the show.
i have felt
a weight lifted,
sometimes i pause
“should i be doing something else?
am i missing something?”
and this summer,
the answer is
i’m where i should be. i’m just here.
i’m letting things be.
it feels right.
what’s one item in your summer wardrobe you can’t go without?
black flip-flops. i don’t think i’ve worn anything else on my feet since april. even for hiking. as you can imagine, i got a bit of ribbing about that as we hiked up sugarloaf mountain. i do have a fancier pair of leather sandals. but really, is there anything that black flip flops don’t go with?
what’s your idea of the perfect homemade summer meal?
any meal we have with our friends, where we drink wine, and talk, and play music, and our kids go off and think they’re having a better time than we are.
what are three constants in your day?
tell us about the inspiration behind these photos.
these were taken with the pentax k1000 a friend got as a sixteenth birthday present, an unspecified amount of years ago, and loaned to me this april. they are all from time spent in august in bethlehem, nh, at the home of friends. there was much activity going on, but these quiet photos express the mood of the place nonetheless. i felt such peace being there.