To be honest, when I first realized that I would be pregnant over Mother’s Day, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. As much as I knew that I someday wanted to have a family of my own, I didn’t ever look at myself through the lens of actually being a mom.
Over the past week, my excitement and anticipation has grown right along with my ever protruding belly. I wanted to recognize that while Mother’s Day is a happy and joyous day for many, it can also be a difficult day for a lot of women; it looks different for everyone, and that’s okay.
So, I wrote an ode to reflect on the many ways in which it might look like to be a woman this Mother’s Day.
Here’s to the women . . .
To women bringing a baby into this world, in a pandemic
To the women balancing motherhood and careers while staying at home
To the women mothering without a support system they’re accustomed to
To the women fulfilling their professional duties as health care workers on the front lines of this battle
To the women navigating a new financial reality, unemployment
To the women postponing their dreams of growing their family
To to women mourning the loss of their mothers
To the women grieving the passing of their children
To the women yearning to be mothers some day
To the women choosing not to be mothers
To the women coping with strained mother-daughter relationships
To all women on this Mother’s Day, I see you. I send you love, light and strength. I am thinking of you. May you have peace on this Mother’s Day, whatever that means for you.