Monday, May 9, 2011

a mother is born

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."


Mother's Day was initiated in the United States after the American Civil War when mothers from the North and South stood united for peace.  This mother's day, I am especially grateful for and inspired by the mothers past, present, and future who have, are, and will stand for peace for our children's sake and for the sake of all humanity.  If not us, who?

Let peace begin on Earth and let it begin with us mothers...

My Mother's Day started in a frazzle yesterday. There was an unconsolable little boy and tears shed by another. It was enough chaos to send me to sit alone in a quiet part of the house and shed a few tears of myself out of the sheer feeling of being overwhelmed. Every year I think about how much Mother's Day seems like a joke to me. It isn't some magical day where mothers get some big break from being a mom. Mothering never stops. Even after my children are all grown up, I will still be a mother each and every day. I will always worry and stress; love and care for them. Being a mother to me is all about loving the everyday chaos as much as I can in the moment, because once it's gone I know I'll miss it dearly.

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely post. The quote resonates with me as I still recall how foreign everything felt, from holding the baby to breastfeeding, and how unprepared I felt those first few days. Motherhood truly is the hardest thing and yet also the most fulfilling thing I've ever done.


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