Jupiter Heart.

By: Jen Shoop
We have only one chance at first impressions, and here are his, deposited in my hands.

How could I know, spending years in the stacks, pressing my face to each page,

that one day, the richest bestowals, the wildest news

would hail from a four year old,

fresh from captaining

the swells of new experience?

We have only one chance at first impressions

and here are his, deposited in my hands:

the bent glasses from observing the solar eclipse, and all the attendant warnings about eye damage, and stories of the moon getting in the way of the sun,

his eyes as large as saucers, his mouth a perfect “o” of surprise.

How small we are, after all, I think — craning my neck at the sky —

but not to my four year old, no

he is the center, the swashbuckler,

capable as the UVA ballplayers four times his age on the diamond in Charlottesville,

and just as fast, if he can wear his white tennis shoes.

That outsized David energy, may you never lose it, boy —

because there will be days when the sun won’t shine, or where the Goliaths blot out its gossamer rays, or where the lunar bodies intercept —

and you will still find the lane lit,

Jupiter heart shining the way forward.

Confide tibi*


*Trust yourself.

+More on trusting yourself.

+On preparing to lose a pet.

+The whole sky is yours.

Shopping Break.

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+The Sephora sale just opened up for all membership tiers! All my picks here. Use code YAYSAVE.

+Lululemon just released the punchiest pink color pieces — I love this top, this tank, and these Aligns. The pretty lilac color also turned my head!

+Two beachwear finds I’m obsessing over: these eyelet shorts (preferably with matching top) and this Cesta Collective pareo. I also shared a photo of myself wearing my Hunza G swimsuit (<<currently on sale) on Instagram a few days ago, layered beneath a Julia Amory husband shirt, and was overwhelmed by inquiries about it. My exact style (blue heart pattern) is sold out but she has tons of new prints. These are the softest, easiest-breeziest cover-ups! You can also wear tucked into denim — very versatile. You need one!

+Petite Magpies are raving about these $55 jeans!

+A great under-$20 tote for schlepping children’s things!

+How did I miss Weezie’s collab with Katie Ridder?! I need these powder bath towels (I like the way they’ve styled them online, layered over these plush hand towels) and this picnic blanket! (You might remember that pattern from a pillow in my son’s room!)

+Rylee + Cru has the cutest spring-to-summer pieces for littles, like this strawberry sweatshirt, this playset, and this sailboat set.

+I wrote about the matching set trend last week, but missed this fabulous yellow eyelet top and skirt situation!!!

+These suitcases (large and small — bundled together, you get a discount) are en route to me in the scout color for summer travel.

+Figured I might as well round out my Roz haircare collection with the only two products of theirs I don’t have: ordered their hair milk serum (detangles and conditions) and styling oil (primes hair for heat styling, smooths). I am totally hooked on all of their products — they really work and do not weigh down my fine hair. I especially love their thickening spray. Really gives my hair body and a great, soft handfeel. I noticed they just released a discovery kit so you can try a bunch of their products in trial sizes. MAGPIE15 gets you 15% off sitewide, with the exception of their kits, I believe.

+Speaking of beauty: Grace was just raving about this setting spray. Think I’ll order to try! Many of my friends insist this is a makeup must-have, but I don’t love the brands I’ve tried.

+Loving Tory Burch’s new Mary Jane espadrilles in black and denim.

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