I felt as if my life were actually capacious enough to contain not just what I absolutely needed to do, but what I wanted to do, as well. My kids were happy. my toilet was clean and I was earning a paycheck to boot.
I first made these Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Squares from Martha Stewart during that time and consider them emblematic of my days as calm, competent, multi-tasking mommy. Big E and I would whip up a batch while Little E napped and then I'd season the rest of the pumpkin puree with ground ginger and have gourmet baby food on standby. Everything was under control in a way that it has not been since I returned to work.