Beautiful! I too have been many mothers and now a grandmother, and while I believe it is a sacred thing, to be a mother, I don't believe it belongs only to women who give birth, but to all, male and female, who "mother" those around them, those they love, their family and friends and community and the earth. My daughter to her great regret lost her children in the womb. But now she mothers her niece who lives with her. Mother's day must feel sad to all those women who cannot give birth, or who chose not to, and yet "mother" every day with no recognition.
I’ve read a little bit in my life, but I’ve never read anyone like you.
Wow Shannon. Once again you have nailed it. I so appreciate your sentiments, eloquently penned and tenderly offered. Thank you for this Mother’s Day gift that will remain with me all year!
Cheers to not caring very much about Mother’s Day and caring SO damn much about all the different versions of motherhood we are surrounded by. Mwah.
This poem absolutely shattered me in the best way possible.
Thank you for this. I am a first time mom, 5mo PP. I am living thousands of miles from my own family and support system and struggle to find the support and love I need from my partner's family. I find peace in your writings.
My 4th time 2 months postpartum self right now is weeping in this nursing chair 😭😭😭 this brought me to tears. Beautifully written.