In honor of this special day of recognition and celebration of motherhood, Bronze Magazine has chosen to dedicate a special Mother’s Day tribute to our contributing writers- they are mothers, grand-mothers, grand-daughters, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousin, friend, etc. We asked each of our contributors to share their answer to one simple question, “What does Mother’s Day Mean to You” Here are their responses. Happy Mother’s Day and Enjoy!
What does Mother’s Day mean to me?
“I have very mixed feelings about Mother’s Day. I am so blessed and so happy to be the mother to 2 beautiful children and grandmother to 2 of the most precious granddaughters in the world. My children have taught me perserverance, tenacity, and unconditional love. My son is my protector and my daughter is my joy. My granddaughters, Heaven and Alana, bring me love, laughter and joy. In their faces, I see heaven and know that all is right with the world. Each day I spend with them, keeps me young:)
On the other side, Mother’s Day is a day of sadness for me. I so often feel like a “Motherless Child.” My mom, Margaret Addison, passed into glory on July 21, 1997. I was the youngest of my mother’s children and no matter how old I was, her “baby” is how she always introduced me. My mom was a small, quiet woman with a resolve of steel. She taught us the meaning of faith in the darkest of days, the love of family and the strength to always “Turn to the Hills from Whence Cometh Our Help.” I remember Sundays around the dinner table that were right out of the movie “Soul Food”, filled with good food, great laughter and most of all, the love of family and friends. She taught me lessons that along my life’s journey reverberate within me each and every day. I miss my mother each and every day, but I am so grateful for her life and her legacy. She was and is the backbone of your family.”
~Della A. Beaver
“I will never forget the first time I ventured out with my first child to the grocery store alone. I was still out on maternity leave and tried to time our excursion during business hours in hopes that the stores would be quiet. On our way out, I heard another child crying. It seemed to go on forever and I remember having to resist the feeling to run to help the baby and mommy. It was then that I realized that being a mother meant more than nurturing my own children. Motherhood means giving of my time, talents, and my resources to create a world that is a safer, loving place for them. Motherhood is the gift of an amazing capacity to love.”
~Tonya Seavers Evans
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Growing up I was fortunate to have the influence of my mother, grandmothers and great great grandmother as well as extended family. The things that were expected of me and the manner in which I was to ‘act’ was molded by these great women. I still remember my great great grandmother – a woman of substance and strength. She maintained pride and did not want her family to fuss over her. She had much wisdom that she shared with family and friends. I remember she always had her matching ‘pocketbook’ which many times was bigger than she was!
My mother was another influence on my life. She had high expectations for my brother and I and accepted nothing less than our best. The results have been success for both of us. I find myself repeating some of the same phrases to my daughter that, as a child, I promised “when I have kids, I won’t say that.” Apparently those phrases become innate when you ‘cross over’ into Mommyhood.
To join the ranks of Mommyhood is a great privilege in which all are not able to participate. For me, it has been the greatest privilege and opportunity. When my daughter arrived a little over a year ago it was such a surreal and quieting moment – I was now a Mommy! This precious, perfectly healthy little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and a set of lungs like NO OTHER allowed me this opportunity.
I believe that it takes a special person to be a parent. I also believe that children bring out the best in us, helping us to grow and see past ourselves. As I began and continue on my journey through Mommyhood, I am reminded:
1) Don’t sweat the small stuff; its really NOT that serious
2) BE in the moment – minus the Bberry and laptop for these very precious moments will never again be repeated at this time and place
3) Laugh. Live. Love.
4) Make memories!
It is now my time to encourage, influence and teach my daughter – proper manners, to be respectful, to display humanity. This is no easy task and yes, I have my work cut out for me but I do welcome the assignment with open arms.”
To all the Mothers I wish continued happiness and peace.