The Blarney Stone

Someone I know is becoming a mother for the first time and the conversation got me thinking about the magic and wonder of childbirth.   I wrote about it some years back in an essay titled “The Blarney Stone,” which was dedicated to my son Jude and then-wife Molly.   The piece first appeared in the Palo Alto Review, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was later in my Bothering the Coffee Drinkers book.    I just re-read it and it holds true.   And, the magic continues to this day, albeit in different forms.  Here’s a link to a pdf of the essay, as well as a couple shots from those times (yes that’s me).

I give you and all the moms and dads current and to be…


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(first ever picture of Jude Aaron Hoekstra)

Published by Doug Hoekstra

Father, wordsmith, musician, creative.

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