Many Thanks, Many Mothers

 There is no way to be a perfect mother,

and a million ways to be a good one.

Jill Churchill

These photos of 5 generations of mothers are mere copies of photocopies, their originals lost to the gods of posterity.  In the first, I’m the screaming baby on my elegant mother’s lap and, in the second, I’m the chubby new mom showing off her firstborn to her 104 year old great grandmother.   These thin slips of paper are priceless treasures, photography’s unrivaled power to bear witness to our journey of growth.  I am thankful for the many women who have helped get me to where I am today with their love, example, and counterexample.  It all works and it’s all good!

My grandma taught me that gratitude is the key to happiness, my myriad talents are worth exploring without apology, funny is in the irony, and today IS the special occasion for my best dishes.  She taught me to be generous with praise towards myself when others can’t, to forgive and choose to put my attention on what I want more of.

My mom taught me to mind my own business and give advice only when asked, to celebrate myself instead of waiting for others to do so, to have my own money, to speak well of my husband and to be present for my kids.  And if I can’t be the mother they want, that’s ok, too.  One of life’s greatest gifts is that we all get the mother we need.

My aunts, my sister, my friends teach me the pleasures of love without obligation, to bring joy where I am and to welcome more of those who remind me of my fabulousness when I forget, to explore possibilities that thrill my heart, to respect other people’s choices because acceptance and breathing room feed the soul.

My daughter teaches me that no one’s ever too young to want to mother, no one’s ever too old for mothering, and no matter what else I do for my kids, I hope they see that in mothering myself they, too, are the first reliable guardians and mothers of their own happiness.

Happy Mom, Happy Wife, Happy Life!

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share with us:  How do you mother yourself well?  

xoxox

Let’s celebrate what you love about your life today!

Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

xoxox

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robertc2211
    May 13, 2012 @ 00:51:26

    Dear Sharky,

    I was looking forward to what you would share with us this week. I knew it would be something very special. Seeing the many generations of motherly goddesses reminds us of thoughts of our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, the fruits of the family tree.

    You were a cute baby (even fussing) and a beautiful new mother with a glowing smile. I am excited to see my eldest daughter celebrate her first mothers day with her baby boy.

    Happy Mothers Day to you Sharon and all the mothers in your family. Thank you for sharing the photos and the wisdom, through the years!

    Mountain

    Reply

    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      May 13, 2012 @ 13:28:37

      Your words of encouragement are like happy blooms on Mother’s Day–Congratulations on your daughter’s milestone, Grandpa!

      How lucky are you to be blessed by the love of many Goddesses in one lifetime!
      xoxox

      Reply

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