May...A month for mothers.
This is the first post of a series I'm calling The Mother's Project, where I will be highlighting the incredible moms in my life throughout the month of May. Check back next week for more posts!
Tomorrow is May 1st. Isn't that CRAZY?! I can't believe how quickly 2015 is whizzing past. When May rolls around, I always think of Mother's Day first. I think of how grateful I am for my own and how there is nothing I could buy for her that would give her what she deserves.
This year, I've thought about how to honor all the moms in my life. I've been throwing around ideas in my head for a couple months now. At first, I didn't want to narrow the topic to the women who are mothers because there are plenty of women in my life that I love and respect who don't have children.
But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to explore and celebrate the lives of the mothers around me. I am not a mother. And I'm not sure that I ever want to be. It looks really, really tough. And tiring. And time-consuming. And expensive. And a lot of other things.
But there are qualities that my mom friends share that are so alluring to me. Their patience, their selflessness, their "others-focused" attitudes ... I wanted to write about all of them and through that writing, see what it was about having children that may have created these qualities in them.
Disclaimer: I really don't want anyone to feel like I only think moms can be any of those wonderful things I listed above. I know that is not true. I think many different experiences can draw those attributes out of people. And there are women in my life who are all those things without children.
I'm going to spent the month of May introducing you to all the mothers in my life. They are so varied: in age, location, marital status, number of children, and in their experiences of how they became a mother. They are some of the strongest people I know and I think you all should know their stories and see their faces.
Please join me throughout the next month as I share the stories of moms that have changed my life (and many others). I promise you won't be disappointed.
One more note: the 90's were the years of scrapbooking and Creative Memories. Part of the fun of these posts will be going through all of my old books and embarrassing people with old photos. My mother is a scrapbooking champion, but may have been a bit heavy handed on the cropping-photos-into-shapes thing. Pardon the hilarious cropped photos that will be scanned in this month. Need proof? See below...