i am going to use this mother's day to reflect on the qualities i most admire in the mothers i know.
AND aspire to demonstrate some of those qualities in the coming week.
what might some of those qualities be?
in tina i admire the way that she models confidence and self esteem for her daughter; in barbara i admire how she demonstrates taking personal responsibility for "stuff;" from kim i gather strength from the dining room table that is the focus of her family - the pile of cloth napkins and the coming together of story and experience that happens there; from kathleen e. i know that her OCCASIONS are grand and special and likely involve cupcakes and flowers. or, more generally, something she's baked and something she's grown; my friend eileen considers her three daughters her life's most viable and valuable asset. that's real perspective. there's no economic downturn with daughters; jan sees the talents and skills of her daughter and clears a path in the road for her to express those talents in as broad a manner as possible; busy business woman deanna doesn't do anything when it's meet the bus time. she has a lot to do...and it all lands in priority with her children first; connie meets each of her children on their own playing field and doesn't spend time comparing one to the other.
i'm blessed to know so many outstanding mothers. i'm even more fortunate that i am often the recipient of their nurturing motheringness. while i have no children, officially authenticating me as a mother, i am honored to demonstrate the lessons that mothers have presented in my life. i am proud to list "motherly" as an important attribute on my own list of qualities which i happily articulate to the world.