Like the proverbial Wooly Mammoth, the Matron also rises.
She knows that she's mixing themes, metaphors, images and otherwise mistaking animals and myths: but what better way to announce her return? For that creative itch has blistered its way into something undeniable and, scratch, she must.
Excuse her while she wiggles against a tree.
However, for this writer-mother-wife-teacher, impulse toward creativity alone wouldn't be enough to resume blogging. This long quiet spell
Creativity, community, self-reflection: the Matron feels like her current phase of life and parenting has once again positioned here there (self-reflection, in particular) precisely. There is something magical and dangerous about ushering a young person into adulthood. So far -- for the parent -- this era has been far more chalk full of life lessons than any month spent with the five-and-under set.
So that potent combination of creativity and community brings the Matron here again. She's ready to live out loud again.