About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Massage, Pajamas, Chores (In That Order)

   Back in my community college days, there were a couple of semesters when I had no classes on Fridays.  Back then, my younger sister was still in high school, my dad was at his full-time job, and my mom was at her part-time job until noon.  Which meant I had the house to myself until about 12:15 pm.  

   Privacy didn’t come easily in my childhood home.  We all shared one bathroom.  My sister and I shared one bedroom and one closet.  

   Naturally, I took full advantage of those Fridays.  I treated myself to an unhurried bubble bath.  I brought candles into the bathroom, set up my boom box with one of my bubble-bath-friendly cassette tapes (usually something instrumental), brought my book, and soaked until my skin resembled a raisin.  I didn’t have to worry if I was soaking for too long; there was no one else at home who might be growing impatient with me hogging our bathroom.

   Not teaching means I do have the luxury of having the house to myself while my son is at school and my husband is at work.  But, I don’t indulge in morning bubble baths any more.  Instead, once a month I treat myself to a massage.  They say massage has an abundance of medical benefits including better posture, improved circulation, and lower blood pressure.  I don’t know if that’s true or not.  I do know that my massages leave me feeling relaxed and recharged.  

   I come home after my massage, shower, and spend the rest of the morning in my pajamas.  However, I’m not completely a lady of leisure during this time.  I still have the tasks on my daily to-do list to accomplish.  

   But there’s something so different about emptying the dishwasher, writing bills, and cooking noodles when you’re dressed in your pajamas.


  1. I am so glad you started getting monthly massages.It is time you started doing something just for you.I love you and I am proud of you.

  2. Glad you enjoy your massages. I wish getting a massage would take your pain away.
    Your mother & I are proud of you.
    Love, dad

  3. Honey,
    I am so glad that you are treating yourself! You deserve the rest and relaxation.
    I Love You!
    love, me

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  6. Wow! Getting a massage every month is really a pleasurable gift to yourself. It's one way to put away all your stresses, so you really deserve that. Aside from that, there are so many health benefits you can get from it. Thanks for sharing that, Wendy! All the best to you!

    Alvin Smith @ Essential Balanced Body Work

  7. I can relate to this story. I have always had a thing for writing poetry and drawing. I got my feet wet writing a short rhyming children's book and placed it on Amazon to see what would happen. Book sales took off and I am now on my 13th book with no sign of stopping. Follow your dreams and you will be amazed where you wind up.

    William Connors @ The Healing Station

  8. I had a similar household while I was growing up. I had to share a bathroom with my two of my older brother who were both rather messy. It wasn't until I had moved out of the house did I take the time to pamper myself a little bit. I enjoy a bubble bath and a massage every once in a while and it really makes my day better.

    Brooke Burgess @ East West College

  9. I have always thought that massage is one main way to make our bodies and minds feel good. With a family and busy life, it's hard for anyone to take time for themselves. I'm happy that you were able to make this a priority. I prefer late day massages, they seem to help me sleep better.

    William Connors @ The Healing Station