I'm not the target audience for Literary Momma. It is, after all, "A Literary Magazine for the Maternally Inclined."
Can a man be maternally inclined, or would we call that paternally inclined? Are they different? I couldn't say. I'm not even a parent. So why do I find myself reading Literary Momma today?
Because of a great article called "Testing: One, Two, Three?" by Gretchen Clark.
To me, this piece of creative nonfiction does what great literature is supposed to do: Put you in someone else's shoes and let you experience what it's like to be them. Even if you're not like them. Even if you're someone of a different gender, someone in completely different circumstances.
In just 14 paragraphs, "Testing: One, Two, Three?" gave me a vivid glimpse into the complex and conflicting emotions of motherhood.
What's more, I now feel like I know Gretchen Clark, even though I've already known her for more than 30 years.
She's my sister-in-law.