25. The Parenthood Podcast: The Postmasters Talk Kids & Art & How to Deal

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Lacy attempts to write with a 4-year-old office mate

It’s the parenthood podcast! Art and parenthood. What gets sacrificed? What is more important? How does one feed the other? Lacy (at 37-weeks pregnant) and Audrey (with a 4-month old in her arms) address the way motherhood affects the writing life, both directly and indirectly [25:48].

 

Highlights

Lacy on completing an MFA as the mother of young kids:

“I had a three-year-old and an almost one-year-old… and they were just so much for me to handle… I just knew that if I didn’t do something to make myself write–which, for me, came out as an MFA–that I would go crazy. So, that’s why I did it, for my sanity. It was crazy to try to do an MFA with really young kids, but it would have been crazier not to.”

Audrey on keeping a journal as a brand new mom:

“It’s not even a journal about my days. It’s more like a journal that forces me to write something happy that happened, so that I am aware of that thing, because it’s so much easier to dwell on the bad stuff… I’ve started calling it Dispatches from the Isle of Motherhood.”

Audrey on the necessity of continuing to write:

“Writing is the way I figure things out. I need to write in order to get through [early motherhood] in a healthy manner in my mind, but I don’t always have the time or the energy to do it. And the days when I do get something out on paper are better than the days when I don’t.”

Lacy speaking truth:

“It’s important to be really forgiving of yourself, really generous with yourself.”

Who’s Who

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Zadie Smith

Ayelet Waldman

Zoë Harris

Barbara Kingsolver

Susanna Hislop

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Dear Sugar Podcast by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond

Closing Quote

I say this in spite of the fact that children are giant endless suck machines. They don’t give a whit if you need to sleep or eat or pee or get your work done or go out to a party naked and oiled up in a homemade Alice B. Toklas mask. They take everything. They will bring you the furthest edge of your personality and abso-fucking-lutely to your knees. They will also give you everything back. Not just all they take, but many of the things you lost before they came along as well.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

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