The Child Eclipsed

  • Mindy Lee Watson Johns Hopkins University (DC - graduate student); US Department of Homeland Security (employer)


We named him Raistlin after Dragonlance’s beleaguered but brilliant dark wizard—a testament, perhaps, to intellect, our most cherished attribute, the quality we most hoped he possessed. Unprepared parents-to-be that September sixteen years ago, my boyfriend and I were recent college dropouts—youthfully selfish, transiently poor, recklessly apart from family—so ill-equipped for the adulthood that a harrowing labor and a baby’s visceral cry would thrust upon us. However full my present—my three young children teeming about loudly with life, light, and laughter; the errands and worries packed end-to-end—he remains with me always, as he was that early morning, wrapped in my unsteady young arms.

Author Biography

Mindy Lee Watson, Johns Hopkins University (DC - graduate student); US Department of Homeland Security (employer)

Creative Nonfiction Writing graduate student at Johns Hopkins University (US - DC campus)


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How to Cite
Watson, M. L. (2015). The Child Eclipsed. Ars Medica, 11(1). Retrieved from