Darling Poppy: A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self

A note from Lily: I am so excited to introduce you to my sister, Poppy Fields, seen here with the amazing, indomitable and indefatigable Jazz, writing her debut article for Lily Fields Challenge. Poppy has been working behind the scenes to get our Newsletter up and running, has an article forthcoming for the blog, willContinue reading “Darling Poppy: A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self”

Are you still there, Lily?

To: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio From: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France Dear Lily, I’m worried about you. Please just drop me a line to let me know you are all right. Love,Mme Indulgent-Scalawags Lily Responds To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods by the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags,Continue reading “Are you still there, Lily?”

Listen to me, Lily

To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags, You didn’t mention anything about my cute blond hair, and honestly, I’m almost offended. Well, I decided not to continue studying with that voice teacher. We had a few…differences of opinion, but you seemed to know that wouldContinue reading “Listen to me, Lily”

Dear Miss Fields

A whispered note to my reader: If it seems at times that I am laying it on a bit thick with Lily Fields, age 20, this is because I know how she thinks and I know that she first needs to feel important and admired before she will ever listen to anyone. She is muchContinue reading “Dear Miss Fields”

How I Met Their Father

It’s probably time I tell you how I met my indulgent husband, because a conversation he and I had twenty-four years ago is the inspiration for the topic I want to tackle this week. As I headed towards the end of high school in 1996, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to doContinue reading “How I Met Their Father”

You should really stop shopping! Part Four: Partners in crime, at least for a time

I challenge you to imagine the things in your life of which you are most proud. Who are the people hovering in the shadows of those accomplishments? Very few, if any, of my personal achievements have been accomplished completely, entirely, utterly by myself. Even in the intensely intimate accomplishments that have been obtained with onlyContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Four: Partners in crime, at least for a time”

You should really stop shopping! Part Three: Challenge and Motivation

Your reasons for shopping and wanting to stop shopping are intimate and personal. They may speak only to you, your situation, your relationships, your relationship to your body. They may also (as at least one of mine is!) be widely universalisable (Hey, look at you reading French now! Don’t forget to show that gem offContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Three: Challenge and Motivation”

The Boy Moms of the #MeToo Generation

You are joking. We had been married sixteen years when we had our first baby. I was almost thirty-eight years old. By then, I had quite a lot of practice at being a girly girl. I have one sister. On my Dad’s side, that is, on Gigi’s side, we are all girls. That is sevenContinue reading “The Boy Moms of the #MeToo Generation”

My Championship Silk Scarf

It was May 2019. I was at the thrift store, my very favorite one called “Ding Fring” which is a play on the French words “Dingue” (crazy) and “Fringue” (clothes). In my grubby little paw I held a tangerine orange blazer, an oatmeal colored knit skirt and a black tulip skirt . (Hey now, don’tContinue reading “My Championship Silk Scarf”