What 14 women wish they could say to their moms
from The Lily Lines published by the Washington Post – Intro by Nneka McGuire and Ery Burns
There is perhaps no relationship as primal, potent and consequential as the mother-daughter bond. In theory, it’s simple: Someone gives birth. In practice, it’s complex. Mothers run the gamut — kind, cold, witty, withdrawn, cautious, ambitious, modest, unafraid — but ultimately, they’re human, with merits and frailties alike. The same goes for their daughters.
Some mother-daughter connections are solid as rock; others are strained, difficult to explain. Some women never know their biological mother, while others may spend years under the same roof as their mom, without ever understanding her wants, wounds or ways. Over a lifetime, parent-child relationships shift, deepen and, sometimes, dissolve. So much goes unsaid. Ahead of Mother’s Day, we asked readers whose mothers are deceased, estranged or otherwise out of reach to tell us what they wish they could say to the women who gave them life. Here are their words. Click here to continue
from Doing Good by The Gratefulness Team
Mother’s Day offers us opportunities to express our love and thanks to the women who have cared for us in our lives — the birth or adoptive mother, the grandmother, the teacher, or the elder friend who have helped grow us up. But it’s not all Hallmark cards and breakfasts-in-bed. This particular holiday can stir up feelings of grief and pain for some of us. We suffer for the mother we have lost or a mother we felt we never really had. And yet, perhaps we might be able to simultaneously hold our sorrow and marvel at the fact that our existence is born from countless acts of nurturing from sources far and wide. In arriving to the fact of our lives, here and now, our appreciation of mothering – in its many forms – has the capacity to grow quite expansive. In offering gratitude for the gift of our lives, we celebrate Mother’s Day as it honors this expansive experience of nurturing. Click here to continue