Today I remember not only my personal transformation as a mother, but especially my own mother, Cindy, and my grandmothers, Sylvia and Emma, who are/were wonderful examples of fun, compassionate, spunky mothers in their own right. I celebrate you all! Thank you for your guidance and inspiration!
And thank you as well to all my mama friends who have provided me so much support and inspiration. I have survived many dark moments on the strength of the mothering bond that stretches all around me, touching all the mothers I know and love, and behind me through all of time. Special thanks to my dear women friends who surrounded me with your love and blessing when Little C was born so painfully early. My Mother Blessing is one of my fondest memories, and I've been thinking lately of the hymn we sang together that August day nearly three years ago. It reminds me that God is our Great Mother (as well as our Father) and that the nurturing we pass on to our children does not find it's source only in us, but in our Creator as well:
Mothering God, You gave me birth
in the bright morning of this world.
Creator, source of every breath,
You are my rain, my wind, my sun.
Mothering Christ, You took my form,
offering me Your food of light,
grain of life, and grape of love,
Your very body for my peace.
Mothering Spirit, nurturing one,
in arms of patience hold me close,
so that in faith I root and grow
until I flower, until I know.
Special thanks to my mother-in-law, Melinda, for introducing me to this hymn and for being a great mom to my husband and a friend to me!
Happy Mother's Day to all of you!