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May 17, 2019

"You never gave up on me, you've always encouraged me, and you've always made me feel loved even when I didn't love myself."

These were the words my daughter wrote to me on Tuesday at the end of a surprise birthday party that she planned and orchestrated for me over the...

April 16, 2019

We are one month into Mika taking her antidepressant.

To say that she has changed would be an understatement. To say that my life has also changed would be an equal understatement.

I hadn't realized how much of me was devoted to keeping my daughter afloat... to keeping h...

April 9, 2019

A wise friend of mine once observed that if mothers had nothing to feel guilty about, they would find something.

Those words have followed me through 28 years of motherhood, and they still ring true more times than I would like. Times such as now.

If you read last week's...

April 3, 2019

When Mika was young, one of her favourite songs was 'Michael Finnegan', and it went like this:

"There was a man named Michael Finnegan; he grew whiskers on his chin-igan; the wind came up and blew them in again; poor old Michael Finnegan... begin again."

And then th...

September 22, 2017

We need to talk.

Not about how my daughter is doing, but about how we are doing. You. Me. And all the parents out there who are trying their best when best never seems to feel quite good enough, no matter what we tell ourselves.

Because this raising a child thing? And th...

September 18, 2017

My daughter baked these yesterday while I was out. 

Now, given that Mika is 23 years old, you might not think that baking a few cookies is that big a deal...but that's where you'd be wrong. Because these aren't just cookies. They're milestones. Huge, ginormous milestone...

August 1, 2017

Full confession: it’s been a while since you last heard from me because, honestly? I’ve been

avoiding writing this post for a couple of reasons. First, because I’ve been too angry to trust myself not to go on a rant; and second, because I’ve been overwhelmed by sadness...

June 17, 2017

A year ago today, my daughter celebrated her 22nd birthday in Toronto as we prepared to bring her home a few days later. She remembers little of that day (or the months that followed), and was quite shocked to realize she would be 23 this year. In fact, if it wasn’t fo...

May 19, 2017

Well, we’ve changed direction yet again. That seems to be the story of my life, actually. “Let’s try

this path! No, wait...that one looks more interesting. Oops...dead end! New direction...whee!” ;)

The problem—and I’m sure many of you can relate to this—is that there a...

April 24, 2017

Have you ever seen the animated film, Finding Nemo? Remember Dory, the fish who tries to help Nemo but can never remember who she is (beyond her name) or where she’s going? Despite her ​​serious memory issues and lack of direction, Dory never gives up. Never loses touc...

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