Mother’s Day is filled with conflicting emotions for a lot of us. I’m incredibly lucky that I have a mother who I adore. I’m enormously thankful that after lots of miscarriages and hundreds of injections I ended up with a small miracle in my daughter. I’m one of the lucky ones. But here’s the thing…Mother’s Day isn’t just about being mom or having a mom. It’s also about celebrating the mother figures that come into your life. And they do come in strange and wonderful ways that we don’t always recognize.
Like my little sister who helps me with work and always has my back because she’s naturally nurturing. Or my friend Maile who literally carried me to the hospital last month and stayed with me the entire time, watching over me even when I was passing out and ridiculous. Or my friends who check in with me, and who don’t get mad when I don’t always answer back because they love me enough to forgive me before even getting upset. Or my daughter when she reminds me to take my medicine or my husband when he tells me to go to sleep and that everything will be okay, or the neighbor who yells at you for not wearing a coat outside because “are you trying to get a cold?” or the stranger at the store who quietly tells you that your skirt is tucked in to your underwear. Or you guys…who support me when I’m up or down and who celebrate my successes with the pride of a mom, and worry about me and send me articles about eating right and who sometimes even hang up my drawings on your refrigerator. Being a great mother isn’t necessarily about having a child or being older or even gender…it’s about caring for others beyond expectation…and today I celebrate every one of you who have gone beyond the necessary to so show kindness, love, gentle education, and even criticism when needed. It makes the world a better place.
So Happy Mother’s Day to you…no matter who you are.
PS. If you want, feel free to share a comment about anyone in you life who has been there for you in a way that made you remember that in a way we are all each other’s mothers sometimes.
And now…time for the weekly wrap-up!
Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):
- This house, y’all. Even I find this unsettling.
- And speaking of nightmares…read the description. This is a horror movie waiting to be moved into.
- #WheresRory is still going a year later. This makes me so happy.
- On why I draw.
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