, Newburyport, MA


May 7, 2014

Taking on 'The Mother Load'

Longtime columnist turns favorite pieces into book


From there, Crochiere went on to write about relatable topics such as family vacations, holiday struggles, pets, technology, fitness and multitasking, such as the time she was late for a potluck and tossed a salad while in the drive-through at Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Some of my favorite ones were about my daughters going to the prom, or being a soccer mom and sitting on the sidelines freezing your tail off,” she said.

She continued to write about the humorous occurrences in everyday life until just after her youngest daughter started college.

“I thought it was time to move on to some other types of writing,” said Crochiere, who next month will leave her longtime job in college textbook publishing to devote herself full time to writing. “I’m starting work on a novel, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m excited about being able to devote substantial time to it.”

Danielle Crochiere is now 26 and completing a nurse practitioner’s program at Columbia University, while Rebecca is 22 and will graduate later this month from Vermont’s Middlebury College, the alma mater of both her parents. She will join her sister in New York, where she has accepted a job at a financial services firm.

While there was the occasional protest — Danielle insisted that while on her first driving lesson, “I did not brake for a fuzzy caterpillar in the road” — her family was mostly good sports about serving as fodder for the columns, Crochiere said.

“My younger daughter really grew up with the column,” Crochiere said, adding that Rebecca thought it was normal that people in the supermarket knew all about where they went on vacation or how their pet rabbit, Bun-Bun, was faring.

With “literally hundreds of columns to choose from,” Crochiere spent two years picking out pieces for the book, working during weekends and other moments of free time.

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