…. because you are!!
To all you mothers, grandmothers, step-moms, sisters, significant others, aunts, sisters, spouses, daughters and friends in our community…
Happy Mother’s Day! You give of yourself unceasingly — you nurture your families, friends, colleagues and communities. Your work is immeasurable, yet essential. And you deserve to feel honored!
I have reflected over the years on the meaning of this holiday… the emotions….the expectations (alongside which of my “love languages” is calling out most deeply at the time!). And I have come to appreciate the most precious and life-giving gift that my children give to me.
Yes, the Hallmark cards, the flowers and the coffee mugs are uuuhhhhh-MAZE-ing. But that’s not what I’m talking about.
My Makayla and David are my little providers of.... pause. They give me the one thing I need the most: the NOW. Their memories and their plans mean so very little relative to the number of stripes on a flower's petal or the airplane wings that suddenly appear as they stretch out their arms. They leave a damn disaster of everything they touch, and they could care less because they are so busy dreaming.
So.... to you ladies, I wish you an experience with the present. I hope you find a few moments this weekend to honor your various roles, regardless of how your family/friends show their love. Enjoy a glimpse of the world through children’s eyes, perspectives that have no burdens or regrets, no plans or expectations. In this pause, may you find nourishment for your spirit.
I can’t end without mentioning your physical health (of course!); I hope, as always, that you have ample opportunity to nourish your body. To provide some inspiration I have included a set of recipes….some of my favorite quick and easy meals. Who knows - maybe if you leave a printout on the counter, something MAGICAL will happen…