Since my first Mother’s Day, we’ve always planted or spruced up our garden. The first time we did it, we did so because the baby was coming soon and I wanted to have everything ready, (knowing that I would have little time to work on things afterwards) -including curb appeal. It became a tradition of ours and something I look foward to every year. To me, it’s a direct refelction of Motherhood- planting a seed, caring for, and nurting it, then watching it grow into a beautiful garden.
Motherhood is an experience filled with every single emotion known to man. It will make you laugh and cry. Through it, you experience pain, guilt, joy, and happiness. There will be times when you are confident and know exactly what you are doing and others when you haven’t a clue. You’ll have experiences like no other and the beings that came to be, the ones who so lovingly adorn you with your title, are the proof that miracles do exist.
Motherhood gives you all the feels.
There’s only one day a year officially dedicated to appreciation of the people who nuture, care for, and experience all these emotions out of pure love. That day is Mother’s Day. The day we plant our flowers or seeds. But there are many who would agree that motherhood should be celebrated all year long, because no one is a mother just for a day. It’s a lifelong commitment filled with triumphs and sometimes, defeat that deserves recognition beyond a bouquet and a day.
You don’t have to be a mother to experience it either, because motherhood is also about the relationship between the person who cared for and raised you, and your memories of that experience- good or bad.
Listen to Your Mother San Antonio
This past weekend, I attended an event called, Listen to Your Mother. This show was designed to give a voice to motherhood. At the Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio, a panel of 13 wonderful and talented writers and/or bloggers, contributed stories of motherhood from memories of their mothers, to their own experience with it.
In short, this show was phenomemnal. Like motherhood, it brought out so many emotions in me. Their accounts made me laugh and cry, but most importantly, they warmed my heart and solidified my inclusion in craziness we call motherhood. I sympathized and could also empathize with some of the most wonderful memory and thought-provoking stories. It made me think about the future, the kind of mother I am, and the kind of mother I want my kids to remember.
If you’ve never been to a Listen to Your Mother show, I highly reccommend it. It is a national show, taking place in multiple states and accepting auditions from everyone. Whether you are a mother or not, we all have a story to share about the givers of life. A minimum of 10% of the proceeds per ticket sale is dontaed to local causes. For more information check it out here: Listen to Your Mother.
Mom It Out Loud
After the show, I was pretty excited to learn that Jill Robbins, the producer of Listen to Your Mother San Antonio, is creating another opportunity for mothers, or children of mothers, to express themselves creatively called Mom It Out Loud Live.
Exclusive to San Antonio, events and social gatherings are underway for late 2017 through 2018, and I’m excited to see what wonderful shows will result! If you are interested in contributing, please check Jill out on the blog at Mom It Out Loud or on Facebook for more information.This show solidified my inclusion in the craziness we call Motherhood. Check it out! #LTYM Click To Tweet
How was your Mother’s Day? What did you do to celebrate?