January 6, 2012

Operating Instructions : A Journal of My Son's First Year

A few weeks ago I picked up Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions : A Journal of My Son's First Year at a local used book store.

This book is a candid quick read, and I read it over several warm bubble baths.  I was on a pregnancy kick, and this was the first book that I read where the main subject was the baby after birth.

The book reads like a journal, and has a personal feel.  There isn't much drama involved, just an everyday Mom finding her way through the first year of her son's life.  I enjoyed the casual nature of the book which made it seem more real to me then some of the more scientific accounts that I have been working my way through.

Lamott is a single Mom, but she is not alone.  She has the support of close friends, and her church who help her along in her journey. I enjoyed reading about her interactions with those around her, as well as her solitude.

She not only faces the challenges of motherhood, but also being the only breadwinner with a freelance writing career.  I can relate to her money fears since as a freelance photographer my money can ebb and flow unpredictably as well.  Keeping the journal that later became this book was the perfect solution for her during a time when work was not flowing.

This book has inspired me to start writing in a journal again.  I am going with the quick and easy method since today I am 19 weeks pregnant, and trying to get as much work done and save some money before the birth.  I will be continuing my business after the birth of my child, but I also realize that I will need to take some time to adjust to motherhood as well.  My solution was to purchase a 2012 day planner that has a page for each day of the year.  It is a small book, and I write a few sentences every day to fill each page.  It not only captures the milestones, but it also is a way for me to record those mundane details that get forgotten over time.

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