11 May Mother, Madre, Manman
Here is a snippet of our piece about celebrating Mother’s Day, which first appeared in our Spring-Summer newsletter.
It is more than just the heteronormative reference to motherhood: Mother’s Day should celebrate all women (and those who identify as women) that have had an important role in your life. Mothers are parents, friends, counselors or advisors; they are aunts, daughters, sisters, wives, partners; they are resilient to tragedy, persistent in the face of adversity, wise in a world filled with challenges. Mothers are those persons that guide you through darkness, like flashlights in a power outage; they push you through personal set-backs, counsel you through professional stalemates. A Mother is that person that sees you for all the things you are, and all the things you can become.
Visit your Mother this year. No matter where she is, or the mode in which you meet her. Reach out to someone whose Mother is not here this year, and share with them all the joy and sadness of this day. But more importantly, if you’re a Mother this year (new mother, mother again), Happy Mother’s Day! The world would be lost and empty without you.