We all mother. Whether or not we have children of our own, I believe this is something that is ingrained deeply within us. Yes, mothering looks like changing diapers and waking at all hours of the night to feed a crying babe, and that is difficult and wonderful and should be celebrated, but it’s so much more than that. I see beautiful aspects of motherhood in every woman.
I see it in women who spend their hours or their days looking after other women’s children, entrusted with these precious little lives, so that mum can work to help support (or solely support) her family or so she can have some much needed alone time to recharge or get things done.
It’s in those who look after the sick or disabled, caring for them in a very tangible way, treating them with honor and dignity.
I see it in women that teach and mentor children and adults alike, that that time to listen, to believe in, to challenge… that see in others what they can be and that help them take steps towards their dreams.
Motherhood is seen in women that embrace, that kiss boo boos on the playground, that pull someone in close when their world seems to be crumbling around them. It’s in those that are a safe place where we can be ourselves, and in those that remind us that they will be there to walk through life with us and that we are not alone.
I see it in women who make meals for sick friends and new moms, who step in without being asked to do dishes and clean up after a big gathering, who volunteer to buy groceries for their elderly neighbors.
It’s in women who stand up for those who have no voice, who fight for justice, and who show other women that they are worth loving, worth fighting for.
Ladies, there is a mother heart in each of you and it is oh so beautiful.
Who in your world, biological mum or otherwise, has shown you a gorgeous example of motherhood? I’d love to hear…