Yarra Bend Press

Issue Two: Jungle Out There (a vignette) by Linda Ruby-White



A mother takes her two small children (in the proverbial double stroller) to the supermarket, a jungle-like shopping centre where you are in danger of never finding the exit again. She overhears another mother in the next aisle, reading a right of acts, the things that her children must not do to each other.

It is impressive, and the mother jots it down. She can't help but feel proud of 'The Motherhood'. She looks down at her own children who are pinching and biting each other. She takes out her notes to reel off the list.

About the Writer:

Daily, Linda Ruby-White's children teach her the lessons of gratitude, detachment, abundance and peace -these are not her natural states. Her children challenge her to live in the present -you wouldn't say she is super comfortable there. Often she can be found snorting at what is expected of her to 'mother' them. With two close together and one up ahead, she is certainly familiar with what it is like to lose the plot … and never quite find it again. But now they are sleeping and she just loves them, insanely all over again.

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Last Modified: 16th July 2014

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