From This Mom To Her Village:
Mother’s Day feels like a very linear holiday for a role that is so dynamic. I celebrate my mom, my kids celebrate me, and so on. We go to brunch and plant flowers in a domino effect of celebration and admiration for our respective mothers and mothers’ mothers. To me, Mother’s Day is less about an individual called a “mother” and more about the act of “mothering.” The verb is more dynamic and to me, captures what raising children and frankly, raising each other, is all about. For one to be a mother, you need a community of mothering that surrounds you. This community reinforces the values you are imparting to your children and slowly weaves a world outside of your nuclear family for them to venture out into.
I know I’m THE BEST MOM IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (see!), but I didn’t get that way overnight and not without a lot, and I mean A LOT, of help. There is an entire village around me that has helped mold me into the mother my kids perceive me to be. On Mother’s Day, this mother needs to thank her village for allowing her to be the mother she is trying to be. Continue reading