Hannah Grieco is a mom and teacher in Arlington, Virginia. Mental health advocacy has become a personal mission, as her family has struggled with and pushed through significant challenges in the past few years. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity to share one moment on that journey.
Want to hear more? Here is a little Q&A:
LTYM: Who IS Hannah?
Hannah: A person, a mother, a wife. A daughter, a teacher, a runner, a fighter. Now more than ever, a fighter. But in quieter, more secret ways than I used to be. I am learning to be a listener, and a student. I am learning what it means to be in my fourth decade of life, on a path I never expected to set foot on, and to embrace that push into what scares me.
LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?
Hannah: A friend sent me the link, and she wrote, “You have to do this. You have to tell your story.” I asked her, “Which one?” And she said, “Shut up and pick the one that matters!”
LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?
Hannah: Well this morning I got my seven and three year old daughters to stop their simultaneous tantrums by reading them a Fancy Nancy book about a tea party, but substituting the word “butt” instead of “tea” throughout the book. They ended up in hysterics in each other’s arms, but my husband thought it was….inappropriate.
LTYM: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
Wait a minute, little vibrating angel
Shaking and side stepping and desperate to be soothed
I see you, I know a thing or two
About why you cannot sit and be still
I felt your constant searching
Long before you were born
Your starfish arms shooting outwards
At the slightest uptick in motherly angst
I heard deep inside me
Your distressed genius
Groans of an older, unhappier man
Trapped in another’s dreams and need
I poked your toes back from their outlines on my stomach
Begging you to please, please be still
Please don’t break me apart
And I saw and felt and heard your answer.
“I am here to break you apart.
Because you so need to learn to build.”
LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?
Hannah: To be grounded. To be able to step back, and breathe, and know who they are. To always, always be kind to others and to themselves. To find joy in the small moments. To recognize how loved and lovable they are.
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