Irish Twins


September 1, 2014 by Melanie L.

Silk raked against sore nipples as mom plodded back to bed.  Her lids crashed over bloodshot eyes.

His uninvited advance elicited growls he mistook for passion.  Unbeknownst to her, he welcomed the stork bearing an “IOU” that she found two weeks later.



39 thoughts on “Irish Twins

  1. C.C. says:

    A stork bearing an IOU….very clever!


  2. ywstacie says:

    Aw, poor mama.


  3. ywstacie says:

    Although I’m sure the IOU will turn out to be someone she will be thankful for later!


  4. KymmInBarcelona says:

    So brutal on the body. An IOU – ha!


  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock says:

    Such great sensory details–how even silk would feel harsh, yes.


  6. Marcy says:

    Love the description! Mine were only 14 months apart–a very tiring couple of years 🙂


    • Melanie L. says:

      Mine are also 14 months. Well, 14 1/2 really. I guess they’re not really Irish twins but people use the term to describe my kids anyway. My grandmother truly had Irish twins born 49 weeks apart!


  7. Vivid imagery and powerful words. Nicely done!


  8. oh, the days when silk wasn’t gentle enough… This piece definitely elicits empathy, and I love your title.


  9. Meg says:

    Oh, poor mom! But a great story, Melanie. Also really liked the title.


  10. karenspillingwords says:

    Great title, and I adore the line: “Her lids crashed over bloodshot eyes.” Nicely done.


  11. That first line holds quite a bit of imagery.


  12. Jen says:

    I’m an irish twin! And mine are 18 months apart, close enough in my book. I love the IOU from the stork!


  13. Silverleaf says:

    Oh, this is so well done! I had never heard the term Irish twins but now that I have, the title is a great extra layer.


  14. inNateJames says:

    “growls he mistook for passion” haha! That reminded me of the old Bill Cosby set that ends in “Yooooouuuu did this to Meeeeee!”

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  15. Sarah Ann says:

    Poor mom. I hope that IOU takes a long time to be paid – she’s in need of a long rest. Lovely exposition of the title.


  16. Laith says:

    Very well written. Great job with the imagery.


  17. GennaClaire says:

    You paint quite a picture in so few words. Excellnt response.


  18. TMW Hickman says:

    That poor mom! I hope she wore barbed wire to bed after that!


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Melanie L.

Melanie L.

I'm a happily re-married, full-time lawyer, and full-time mom raising two adorable vilde chayas (Yiddish: wild things) named Monkey and Peanut (not their real names!). I am often seen in public counting to three. In addition to parenting and writing, I also love photography, cosmology, evolutionary anthropology, and all things Israel.

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