Lighthouse… (and a bit of news).


Before you read the whole of this piece, I want to share a bit of exciting news….

I have been wondering what to make of all of this writing for a while now: Should I try for a book?  Do I have a book to write?  Should I continue doing what I am doing?  I don’t have any real answers for most of my questions but I have this: some of my pieces will be for sale at a number of stores around the Midwest come September.  I’m super excited about it, and also nervous, of course.  Starting in September, I will provide you with a list of stores where you can purchase prints of my work if you’d like.  I promise they’ll be cute, they will be small, and they will not be expensive.  I’m imagining you’d purchase one of these prints instead of a dumb throwaway card (dumb throwaway cards are THE.WORST. in my mind – a waste of both money and paper) or for yourself to tape on your fridge (or for you fancy asses who have it together and are decisive, to hang in a respectable white frame).  Anyways, this is one of the pieces that will be available… I hope you like it.  Would you buy one for a friend?  Yourself?  Talk to me.

If you have a storefront and would consider showcasing my work, please contact me through this site.  Thanks so much.



There is no leash long enough,
no bubble big enough,
no world that won’t leave its mark on them
at some point.

We let them go;
we have no other solid choice
but to let them go
when they are ready
and to stand at the shore
as their lighthouse.

We stand lookout
at the shore of their world
hoping our desire alone
will make its way out
into the smooth sea
and keep it as calm as can be
for as long as possible.

When it turns,
when the storms roll in and change the tide,
I will yell from the shore,
“Find the light and swim!”

Find the light.
Swim back.
Stay afloat.
Get to shore.
Catch your breath…
until you’re ready
to go out and do it all again.

photo-2 copy 6

See that dot? That’s my baby boy out there.


  • I cried. But I usually do when I read your writings. It’s a good thing, you have a way of tapping into some kind of deep emotion that I sometimes can’t get to myself. I’d buy it, and others like it! 😉

    July 31, 2015 at 3:26 am
  • This is such a beautiful one! I would love this for my fridge. The words are so simple yet inspirational yet on on point. Soothing and Uplifting.

    I know you don’t like cards, but this would be a good card too for a mom or parent 🙂

    July 31, 2015 at 3:47 am
  • Michele

    I am a psychologist from the Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia and as part of my work I teach the Curcke of Security parenting program. This lighthouse analogy is beautiful. How can I purchase a copy?

    July 31, 2015 at 7:15 am
  • Bravo! So exciting. I love this piece. And all of your work!

    July 31, 2015 at 10:14 am
  • Angi Dilkes Perry

    With Steven scheduled for senior photos tomorrow, this is my life. He’s swimming, like your boy, and I am his lighthouse. And now I’m a blubbering mess of snot and tears. You capture this parenting adventure so beautifully, Annie. I cherish you and your words. And hell yes I’ll purchase your words, even if I have to drive to the midwest to do so!

    July 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • I think your writings are both sweet and powerful. My husband and I own a yoga studio on Long Island. I would love to provide you a venue for showcasing. Thank you for putting into words every mother’s heart.

    August 1, 2015 at 1:07 am
  • barbara gaynor

    heartfelt, insightful, and direct. love your style

    August 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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