Mothers. Mothering. Being mothered. I’m so blessed with incredible women in my life: my mother who exudes unconditional love, my daughter whose joie de vivre shines in her mothering, my sister-in-law who is raising amazing, compassionate humans and my stepdaughter and aunts and cousins and friends and all who are gracefully teaching life lessons to children – their own or the children of others.
It’s hard work, mothering, but such important work. Reading the origins of Mother’s Day is humbling and reminds that mothering doesn’t start and end with flesh and blood.
In 1908, Ann Jarvis petitioned to start mother’s day in honor of the passing of her mother, a peaceful activist who cared for soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.
She was a blessing and being a blessing to everyone you meet and lifting them up so that they can also bless others is great important work, as well. Maybe the greatest.
Hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day! Virtual hugs to all!
It’s crazy how fast the days and weeks go. I’ve had the goal to post weekly for the past few months, but I have not been successful for many weeks in a row! It’s good to have a goal, right?
Here is a list of a few things that have made me happy in the past month or so…
The first Friday in May I finished my class! That meant that in April I wrote four papers, participated in online discussions, and read books and journal articles to prepare. I’m glad that’s behind me and now only wait (with bated breath) for the grade.
For that class I read the book “The Boy that was Raised as a Dog,” which is a good book about the research that Dr. Bruce Perry has done on the brains of children who have been affected by traumas. It was good and I recommend it to people who want to know more about trauma and children. We’re going to read it for work, which is going to be fun. Always better to discuss books!
After that last class, I stayed at Deadra’s and we had a good chat, with good wine, followed by good sleep and good donuts (Glam Doll Donuts!) for breakfast. That weekend was also filled with basketball, choir practices and performance at St. Mary’s University, and the Kentucky Derby at a Mexican bar. Gotta fit a lot in when I have the weekend off!
Not a single movie in the theatre in the last month! Lots of meals out and ordering in and DVDs, though! I’ve watched all three Iron Man movies, August: Osage County (really good!), 10 Years (Channing Tatum, why not?!), Blazing Saddles (classic comedy with crazy racist storyline – meh – don’t think I’d recommend it!), and tonight I watched What’s Up, Doc? (Babs and Ryan O’Neal – comedic genius? “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” “Corniest thing I’ve ever heard!”). Marissa and I rented Labor Day (just ok – sad life, she had) and Chris and I are slowly watching House of Cards (I hate politics – why am I watching?? It’s good!).
I’ve read Divergent, Insurgent, and am currently reading Allegiant. Looking forward to finishing and discussing with the 12 year old who told me this last book “would hurt me.” Also ripped through Where’d You Go, Bernadette? which was so quirky and good! Next (or soon) I’ll read The Fault in Our Stars so that the 12 year old and I can discuss that! So many books.. have some catching up to do!
World Book Night happened! My peeps and I met after we got done with work that night and we book-bombed the hospital downtown and went out for cocktails afterwards. It was a nice night – and giving people free books is harder than it seems! Maybe I’ll blog more about it later.
I had to work overnight for Cinco de Mayo, so I just had to reminisce about celebrations of the past… see photos below. 🙂
Mother’s Day was relaxing and busy – more basketball, girl time with Marissa, cookie making, toes polished up and a meal or two out. Can’t believe it came and went. Time does fly!
This weekend brings more singing in Rushford at the Expo Culinaria! Looking forward to that event with my peeps!
Well, it’s been busy and wonderful – and I hope that your May is the same! Enjoy the few Cinco de Mayo pics from the past below!
Off to read!
The fixings for a good Margarita…
Cinco de Mayo meets Kentucky Derby day! Juleps before Margaritas!