Interview: Anna Hewitt
Where do you live and how many kids do you have?
I live on the coast in southern Maine. I have a son who is a young toddler.
What do you spend your days doing?
I spend most days, during the week, with my son. We try to get outside a lot, he plays with pots and pans and everything else while I cook, and we read books and play. When he is napping, or whenever else I can find time, I write and sew.
What do you like most about your family?
I like that we are a team. I like the feeling that this still kind of a new adventure that we are all figuring out and that my husband and I are working together to do the best we can.
What parts of parenting come naturally to you and what parts are a struggle?
I’ve been a parent for almost a year and a half and I’ve had many struggles and many things that seemed surprisingly natural. I often struggle with thinking that I have to do things a certain way or that there is a right approach that I must follow and perhaps not trusting myself enough. One thing that comes very naturally to me is letting my son get into (most) things and make messes and explore and learn from the things in our cupboards and drawers.
What do you need as a parent?
I definitely need time to focus on and nurture my own interests and projects. I also need a supportive community of parents and families who can share challenges and joys, cheer each other on, prop each other up, and be important in each others lives.
How does where you live affect your parenting?
Until a few months ago, we lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota, which we loved, but was very far from all of our family and many of our friends. Now we live in another great place, near Portland, Maine, near to my family and a days drive from my husband’s family. It is important to me that my parents and siblings are a regular part of our lives and I am happy that my son will be able to spend lots of time growing up near his grandparents. Having family nearby also supports my parenting by giving me and my husband a chance to connect with each other when our son is enjoying time with his grandparents.
What are you especially conscious of as a parent?
I try my best to just enjoy the good days, moments and experiences, knowing that the challenges will come again. I try to remember that the hard parts are usually just temporary.
What nurtures and inspires you as a person?
Creating is hugely important to me. Spending time in the kitchen preparing simple or elaborate meals, working through ideas in fabric or putting some of my thoughts into words. I value my creative time so highly, but I also often need time to relax and without needing to accomplish anything in particular.
What is your favorite time of day?
I enjoy a few minutes to read at the end of the day, before I fall asleep.
What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
I’d like to reach a point where I feel deeply fulfilled by the work I am doing both as a parent and a creative person.
Anna contributed the essay ‘Nourish the Seeds’ to the Make issue.