Reflections from Kamaolipua – 6/3/12

With Mother’s Day come and gone, it gave me a chance to reflect on what it means to be a mother. It reminded me of not only my mother but other mothers in my life that shared the common bond of motherhood. We always talk about how we are influenced by our mothers or mother like figures in our life. But sometimes, we forget the pain of motherhood. The questions that arise when we are insecure about our role as a mother, questions such as; have we done the right thing? Did we make the right decisions? Have we taught them all they need to know to survive in this time? The most important thing that I have learned in my many years as a mother is that mothering never ends. The worry,the frustration and the joy never ends, no matter how old they become, how self sufficient and worldly, they will always be that baby that you held in your arms so many years ago. As I was reminded yesterday, oftentimes as mothers we spend so much time taking care of our families, we forget to take care of ourselves.

 

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