Women We Read This Week | Vela Mag

Sarah Church Baldwin’s “Build-A-Bear” in The Rumpus

Sarah Church Baldwin’s essay “Build-A-Bear” opens with a vivid description of the store: “The place was bright and loud as a pinball machine. The entrance was gaping, boundary-less, wide enough to swallow all the teenagers roaming the mall in packs.” Baldwin’s mission that day was to create and adopt a bear of her own, as a way to come to terms with her own adoption. It was a subject she’d typically avoided thinking about, until her therapist gently nudged her to consider where she was, as a newborn, between the day of her birth and the day of her adoption. In this essay, we follow the train of thought of someone who is just realizing the true nature of their temporary helplessness…Read More at Vela Mag.



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