From whom else would we first learn to love, and how, and then to keep loving in the face of disappointments and heartbreaks? From whom else would we first learn the distinction between vulnerability and weakness, between kindness and being a doormat? From whom else would we first learn acceptance, of ourselves and of others? True, not all mothers are equipped with the skill to bring out the best in their new little humans; but then, from whom else, later in life, would be learn that parents are simply human beings who are balancing their needs and the needs of their new and demanding charges? When parents themselves have open wounds, their own needs are so numerous, so consuming and so great that they have limited resources left to meet the needs of their children. But they try; and from whom else would we learn persistence, determination, and sheer grit?
Happy Mothers Day to all Moms and to all Dads who have played the roles of moms– and to Dads in general because the world is gendered enough as it is without needing encouragement… 🙂
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