Melissa Gould lives in Los Angeles with her teenage daughter and neurotic dog. She has been writing about her experience as a young widow and suddenly single parent for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and more. Visit her at www.widowish.com and on twitter @widowishwidow.
I recently said to my sister that when my daughter leaves for college next year, I’ll finally be able to take off the baby weight. I was kidding. I’m really not that kind of person, the kind who…obsesses over calories and food intake and exercise. I like my cheese and bread and chocolate too much to care about that sort of thing. Not that I’m unhealthy or even particularly that overweight. Sure, I could stand to lose 10 pounds (okay, maybe 15), but I won’t succumb to the idea that the extra weight I’m carrying,… >> Read More
There’s a 5x7 photo of my daughter in a frame on my bookshelf. In it, she’s smiling wide, wearing her tallit, holding the Torah, the purple streaks in her hair hanging around her face in soft…blown-out curls. It was a posed picture from her bat mitzvah three years ago, but her smile is genuine. She’s “beaming on the bimah,” my husband and I said when we got back the proofs. But the other day, as I walked by, I saw that the photo was facing the wall, instead of out.… >> Read More