“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
– Washington Irving
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He wanted it to be “a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” This was a smart move. Mothers deserve to be acknowledged—they are responsible for bringing us into the world; many become our role models and help us navigate our way through this messy life.
Countless loved ones have informed me that motherhood cannot be completely understood until you become a mother. I am not a mother (yet)…but I have many friends and loved ones who are on to their second and third children. Women in my generation (Generation X/Y) seem more likely to talk about the joys and the difficulties of raising a being that, initially, is completely dependent on you for survival. I took a survey of some friends who are mothers and asked them for three words that came to mind when they heard the word motherhood. Read More »