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A Love Letter
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A Love Letter

By Marguerite Jones - Feb 16 2017


I’m sorry I was angry. I was angry because I wake up with Z every morning and make him breakfast so you can sleep in, even if you don’t really sleep at all.  I was angry because I felt like I was carrying the heavy load all by myself.  I was angry because you said […]

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Not Pregnant: Coffee and Wine
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Not Pregnant: Coffee and Wine

By Marguerite Jones - Jan 26 2017


Not Pregnant The words cut like a knife as I read the tiny print on the pregnancy test in the Target bathroom stall.  A heavy sigh escaped me as I slowly put on my coat and gathered my things.  My heart sank. I had been so excited about the possibilities!  Our son would have someone […]

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Maggie Jones - Two Sweaters: A Story of Love & Generosity
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Two Sweaters: A Story of Love & Generosity

By Marguerite Jones - Dec 24 2016


Z has two different kinds of clothing: outfits for school (because, toddler) and outfits for “special” occasions (e.g. visiting JJ and Pop, attending a party).  On this particular cool morning, I had run out of school outfits and had grabbed a special occasion sweatshirt.  “How did I let it get cold without buying him some […]

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Where I Want to Be

By Marguerite Jones - Nov 18 2016


My dad always called me a “woman in a hurry.”  My first word was a full sentence (“It’s a bird!”)  In high school, I started classes at 7:30 AM so I could graduate a year early.  By 21, I had graduated with my first degree and was on to my second.  On the morning of […]

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An Exhausted Mother’s Desperate Plea

By Marguerite Jones - Oct 22 2016


An exhausted mother’s plea to her toddler at 3 AM   *Wails* Oh, sweet boy… What’s wrong? *Wails*   Do you need a diaper? No.   Would you like milk? No.   How about water? No.   Or a snack? No.   Do your teeth hurt? No.   Are you hot? No.   Are you […]

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A Commitment to Myself: Every Little Bit Counts

By Marguerite Jones - Sep 27 2016


Over the last year, I worked for a local nonprofit writing public grants: CoC, CDBG, ESG and other essential ingredients of social service alphabet soup. It wasn’t my dream job, but it paid (most of) the bills. There were three great things about my job: (1) social services are important; (2) my kid went to […]

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The Beginning of a Day for a Working Mom

By Marguerite Jones - Aug 26 2016


It’s 6:15 on Thursday morning. The alarm clock hasn’t gone off yet, but I’m already awake thanks to the sharp kick to the kidney I received from our one-year old son, Zachary, five minutes prior. Although he always starts off in his crib, he almost always ends up in our bed between 1:00 and 2:00 […]