Mother’s Day definitely has a new meaning this year…and not just for the obvious reason that I am now also a mother.
My Mom set up a “mother’s day” display in her dining room, with photos of me, her, my Granny, my Baba and other generations of women from both my Mom and Dad’s side of the family.
Over the last month that I have been home, visiting, my Mom has told me stories of my Granny, Great-Granny and Great-Great Granny! All of them were strong-willed women, that were even described as “fiesty” and “wild” in their own ways. As my Mom tells the stories, they all seemed to live by the mantra “do no harm, but take no shit”, which I think is pretty cool for this day in age, let alone back then.
As I see Audrey becoming more and more alert and more aware of the world around her (which mostly involves my face staring back at her) I often think about my relationship with my Mom, and (when she was alive) my Granny and I hope to carry on the tradition of being a loving, supportive, sarcastic and charming woman, whom my daughter wants to emulate. I want Audrey to know that she comes from a long line of women who loved their families deeply and while they sacrificed a lot, they didn’t do so in a manor that would have you believe that it was anything out of the ordinary or done without a smile on their face.
It’s a little cliche, but this Mother’s Day, I plan on hugging my Mom a little harder…and cuddling Audrey a little extra as well. I hope that you get to do the same to yours, whether it’s in person, on the phone, or through a prayer.
Happy Mother’s Day all!
Audrey and her Granny playing…