Catherine M. Anderson aka MamaCandtheBoys is a single mother who realized at age thirty-five that her choices in relationship were not leading her to that coveted title of Mama any time soon. That is when her plan to adopt on her own went from an inkling to a reality in less then six months from start to the moment Sam’s birth mom placed him in her arms. That miraculous moment was on Christmas Eve in 2004. She goes about most things in her life in the same way.
Take for example, the choice to have her second child, Marcel. Afraid of being the kind of mother that shines a floodlight on her son’s spelling quiz if it is less then a 105, she decided that it would be a good idea to bring a little sibling into the mix. Sam was just shy of three when his little brother Marcel and his shocking head of curls came onto the scene. His conception, which miraculously came about on the first try, with the help of an African American donor, happened before she had time to reconsider the implications of single parenting two kids by herself. Being a parent to a natural athlete (Sam) and a natural nut job (Marcel) keeps her fit, and laughing. As muses and inspiration for so much of the work she does, they appear frequently in her writing.
Being a full time humanities and language arts teacher at a very progressive, ethnically diverse and cutting edge middle school in Portland, Maine allows Catherine to work with students from all over the world. She brings her love of language, poetry, and the study of human rights and African American history to her curriculum design, and staff outreach work in her district and beyond. Her first day as a classroom teacher was on 9/11, less then two years after leaving her Manhattan home, for New England. It shaped her views on human connection and teaching in a profound way.
She refers to her blog, MamaCandtheBoys as a co-parent at times, often revealing to her audience her vulnerabilities, her parenting dilemmas, personal successes and outright joy with it all. Her relationship with her son’s birth mother, and how she naviagtes the world of transracial adoptive parenting are her readers favorite subjects she finds. Both her free lyrical verse style and more direct narrative approach have gained the attention of readers across the country, and abroad since she first started blogging in February 2008. Her now signature poem Black Enough, has appeared on Color Online, Love Isn’t Enough, Happy Girl Hair, and printed in Hip Mama Magazine, and Adoption Mosaic’s Quarterly Magazine. She is a guest blogger on the Adoption Mosaic Blog, and a frequent contributor to Adoptive Families Magazine.