In researching this post, I asked these questions: How many U.S. military personnel died in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm (Iraq), and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. I could not find a concise answer. Maybe I’m just too tired, lazy, or ultimately afraid of what I’ll find out. One number that… Read More Month of May Mothers: Memorial.
Artists have always represented the powerful imagery of mothers in art from the beginning of time. I have collected a few of these representations; your curiosity should lead you to find out more about the images:
When I was pregnant with my younger son, I knew, I just knew, he was going to be a girl. I didn’t have morning sickness; I had night sickness; I carried him differently, and other indicators and old wives’ tales all said “girl.” When I had my first ultrasound and saw that no, indeed my… Read More Month of May Mothers: And Sons.
Do you ever feel choked by a self-satisfied and righteous pile of feathers? As you’re trying to learn how to dodge chicken hawks and unscrupulous roosters, is there a hovering vortex of smothering-mothering in your vicinity? Do you feel hen-pecked, brooded over, and about to crack? Well, my little chickadee, you have experienced the Mother… Read More Month of May Mothers: Mother Hens.
To my female students: You are a complicated lot. Every year, I learn more about myself through your eyes than perhaps I ever have in any class or seminar. In you, I see the young teenager I once was, including the pettiness, grudge-holding, gossipy side, of which I was often on the receiving end. But in most… Read More Month of May Mothers: And Daughters.
Please read this blog: http://jtspencer.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-my-parents-shaped-my-teaching.html And consider your own influences on your life. There is a balance to us all, perceptible or not.
Could we judge the progressive or advanced level of a civilization based on the amount of time a society gives new mothers time to bond with their babies? How do countries handle maternity leave? Many studies have shown that those first few months with a new baby are some of the most important in terms… Read More Month of May Mothers: Maternity.
When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Lennon/McCartney
What is it with moms and money? These are all generalizations, of course, but gee, can we stretch a buck like nobody’s business. When we’ve been flush with the green prosperity of payday, or flushed down the money pit, there always seems to be just enough. Old quotes, such as “A father carries pictures where… Read More Month of May Mothers: Money
I try not to write about my own children too much — I don’t want them to feel exploited or exposed. But this is really about me. (It’s always about me.) This morning I dropped off my older son for a band trip. These little rites of passage are stinging me, like a hornets’ nest… Read More Month of May Mothers: Moment.