Busy mother of four finds time to publish poetry
edited: Monday, September 09, 2002
By Lorena Evans
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2002
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Parenting, at-home parents, writing
No one would argue that most mothers wear many hats. They're cooks, cleaners, homework checkers, diaper changers, and children's chauffeurs. But even the busiest of moms might buckle under the number of hats Marjorie Carpenter juggles on her head.
The 29-year-old mother, whose brood includes daughters Nicole, 7, and Taylor, 2, and one-year-old twin boys Brian and Tony, can also add poet, teacher, and student to her list of occupations.
Just published, her first collection of poetry, “Poetry from the Heart” is available on eNovel.com. If sales continue to grow as they are, the collection will become available soon at major bookstore and library sites online.
Like most writers, Carpenter's poetry is inspired by her life experiences. She first began writing as a way of coping with the death of her father, to whom she was especially close.
“We had a unique relationship. He was 62 when I was born,” she said. Raising Carpenter and her seven brothers and sisters alone, her father kept her childhood carefree and innocent, growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
She remembers when her history class was studying the Depression, her father offered a unique perspective. “He made it so interesting and exciting because he saw it firsthand. My dad actually lived it,” she said.
Her children also serve as her muse, during the good and bad times. The twins were born prematurely last year at NorthEast Medical Center, each weighing only three pounds. “It was an awful time,” said Carpenter, remembering the frightening experience. “When things are confusing, writing helps me figure them out, clarifying them.”
Now thriving and active, the twins keep her busy all day. And even when they do calm down long enough to be still, she has two-year-old Taylor and seven-year-old Nicole, the eldest whom she homeschools, to keep her attention.
Nicole is the first to have her mother as an instructor, a decision Carpenter made after the Columbine shootings in 1999. Right now they are studying science through a garden they planted. “She has her own row of carrots that she's pretty proud of,” said Carpenter.
Raising her four children in a rural section of Cabarrus County with her husband, Robert, Carpenter says she treasures this time in her life, when she can watch her children grow and change. “I won't have a second chance. Kids don't have a second childhood.”
But she knows that mothers need to make sure they don't neglect themselves, either. “You have to find some part of the night or day that you can take some time for yourself,” she says. She has begun a correspondence course in photography through New York Institute of Technology, something just for herself.
Carpenter said with the right balance all mothers, those who work within or outside the home, can lead fulfilling lives; something she thinks about each morning as she wakes her twins. “I open the door to get them and they're just sitting there smiling,” she said. “I'm living out my dream.”
Article written by Liz Thornton. All of Marjorie's published pieces, icluding her book, are published under the pen name, Lorena Evans.