Writing Motherhood

On this sunny Mother’s Day I want to share a couple of blog posts about motherhood that touched me today. Casey (Raising Smart Girls) writes poignantly of seeing herself in her daughter:

“She, like me, wears all her emotions on her sleeve. Great love, great disappointment, great anguish, great sadness, great anger, sometimes cycling through all of them in a short period of time. Just like me.

It’s been a blessing at times, and a difficult thing at other times to look in the face of one of your children and see some of your positive and some of your negative traits staring back at you.” Read More

And Christi (Writing Under Pressure) writes of seeing her mother in herself:

“At almost forty-one, I am neither young nor old but am almost the same age as my mother when I turned sixteen. When I look in the mirror, I see her neck, her freckled shoulders, her brown eyes. And, in those eyes, I see pieces of myself that amount to my whole.” Read More

You can also read Christi’s “The Dilemma of the Mother Writer,” which is a finalist in the Write It Sideways Favorite Blogging Contest.

Finally, this poem by Margaret Atwood is a lovely way to spend some time thinking about the unique experience of introducing another human being into the world and, eventually, letting go.

You Begin

by Margaret Atwood

You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
that is a fish, blue and flat
on the paper, almost
the shape of an eye.
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon, whichever
you like. This is yellow…Β  Read More

8 thoughts on “Writing Motherhood

  1. Thanks for mentioning my post, Lisa. And, Casey’s — what a cool poem from her daughter! I love Margaret Atwood, too.

    Happy Mom’s Day to you. I hope you had a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m always touched when something I write impacts others. I have a way cool middle daughter, who has taught me the most about how to be the mother I never had. I’m happy to say that I’m a better mother because they challenged me to grow in ways I never knew I needed to.

    I hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful!

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