Sarah Manguso on motherhood

Another friend wrote to ask all the desperate questions I used to ask before I became a mother. "How old were you? How long were you married? How long did it take?"

I wrote back, "One of the great solaces of my life is that I no longer need to wonder whether I’ll have children.”

From the essay "Keeping Time" in the December 2014 issue of Harper's because even if my stack of magazines is dauntingly tall I will read them eventually.