Being Mimi

me and emilio

Friday night I was helping Emilio take off his clothes for his bath, kneeling next to him by the tub.  “Take off your glasses,” he said to me.  “I want to look into your eyes.”  I took off my glasses and he moved his face closer to mine.  “What color do they call your eyes?” he asked and put his face up to mine, looking directly into my eyes.  “Blue,” I said, “Everyone here in the house right now has blue eyes.”  “Oh,” he said, continuing to look at me from an inch away.

This from a toddler, a few months over 2.

 

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About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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