“Why would you want to ruin your life?” was the question my mother asked when I told her we were expecting for the first time. I had no answer to that. She was born small, 4 lbs and 13 ounces when we took her home.
“What are you going to do with her?” my ever questioning mother asked. “I am going to wing walk, I am going to hold on with the soles of my feet and ride this ride mom, just like everyone else does”....more
Sarah Elbert came up with the idea of her Lil’ Masterpiece necklaces when she saw her niece’s artwork on her sister’s fridge. She felt that the drawings were absolutely adorable and wanted to come up with a way to keep some of them forever....more
Memory 1: The view from my child's seat on the back of your bike as you pedaled us around Lake Ripley. It was dusk in mid-summer. Children were emerging from the lake reluctantly, water dripping from their hands and chins, sand coating their feet. We stopped to watch them. You turned back to recheck my buckles, to feed me small carrots, to swipe my hair behind my ears. "You doing okay?" I was. I remember the pink of the light....more
On Mother's day, I wondered how many folks thought about the current plight of the mother of us all - Mother Earth? I found it hard to fully celebrate such a wonderful day even though I was lovingly surrounded by my own mother, children and grandchildren. In the back of my mind, as it has been since the day of the Gulf oil catastrophe, was the thought of the mother of all life's blood spilling freely without abate in sight. ...more
Since becoming a mom, and this year being my first Mother's Day to celebrate, its become a different holiday to me. I realized that certainly takes a lot to be a parent, and I havn't even been at it for 4 months yet. I also realized that it been the best experience. I have always been grateful for my parents, but I am especially grateful in a new way. So this year I wanted to give my mom something I really thought was special. I saw the tutorial from Dana's Amazing blog, MADE....more
Ironically, the Pill turned 50 on Mother's Day. According to an article in last weekend's edition of USA Today, the FDA approved the pill in the first year of the "swingin sixties." However, it clears up misconceptions that the pill did not spark the sexual revolution; also contrary to common belief, it did not cause a sudden drop in the U.S....more
Mother’s Day started with a bang. Literally. As I got a head start on the laundry Sunday morning (or so I thought) parts of our washing machine suddenly detached and made the scariest noise I have ever heard. Needless to say the machine is no longer usable, and what better timing for the machine to break than a Sunday when a week’s worth of laundry needs to be done?
So I ended up spending the better part of Mother’s Day at Best Buy searching for a new washer/dryer and then lugging two giant trash bags of dirty clot...more
I can’t think of a better way to say this. I had a truly crappy Mother’s Day this year. I think Anna Jarvis would understand. Inspired by her own mother’s life, she started a campaign in 1907 to recognize mothers for their contribution to society. She was successful in making Mother’s Day a national holiday, but then spent the rest of her life fighting its commercial exploitation. She died in an asylum when she was 84. ...more
On Mother’s Day I am of mixed minds. Don’t get me wrong; I love my mother and would celebrate her and how she raised my brother and me any day of the week. But as a childfree person, I have problems with Mother’s Day as a national holiday. Why? Here are two reasons:
Today I want to give thanks. Thank you to the moms in my life — my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my grandmothers, my aunts, my best friend and especially my own mom. Even before I gave birth, these women taught me what it meant to be a mother. Through the years, they’ve shared their stories, given me advice and led by example. If it weren’t for their lessons, I would not be the mom I am today. So in honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share a few of those lessons with you....more