Normally, I use this blog to talk to you about the latest additions to the Island Contessa line or new places you can shop for our brand; but today I want to do something a bit different (although I certainly won’t be mad if you buy something here! :)). Today I want to give a shout out to all women as we approach Mother’s Day. The picture here is of my mama and I on my wedding day. At this point, she was halfway through the cancer that would ultimately take her life. As a young woman, my mother had been a model and the smoky gray eyes that had made her so stunning as a younger woman never really faded. I know she was happy, this day, to see her youngest child marry the love of her life. I think she felt a sense of accomplishment that this ritual formally moved me into adulthood. To my mother, we children WERE her life’s work. That is why I think I’ve always held a sense of reverence for motherhood. When I was younger, I defined that strictly as women who had given birth to children. But now that I am older, I understand that term is much broader. I am a sister, an aunt, a step-mother, a wife, a friend and yes, a mother to my four-legged family members. I have had women who have mothered me as much as my own mother and certainly my sisters have had a role in that as well. My step-daughters gave me the ‘mother’ moniker but honestly, I’ve learned and loved as much from them as hopefully they have from me. I know many childless women who find Mother’s Day a very lonely and sad holiday but I don’t think it should be. Instead of making women feel guilty for what they don’t have–whether by biology or choice–let’s celebrate what they do! Hallmark may have invented the holiday but there is nothing to say we can’t improve it. So this Mother’s Day, reach out to a woman who has made a difference in your life, whether she gave birth to you or not, and thank her for helping you become the person you are today. I know I will!
Happy Wednesday and may all women everywhere enjoy Mother’s Day!