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Monday, May 12, 2014

Mothers and Mother's Day

During the month of May we honor mothers and those who have nurtured us with a loving maternal influence.

The definition of mother is a woman who has given birth, raised a child or donated an egg that created a child, according to Wikipedia. That definition got me thinking about how things have changed in the past decade or so. 

There are now same sex marriages where two women or two men raise children. Just a few days ago, the news reported that scientists have created the first synthetic DNA in a lab. Projecting into the future, perhaps the day will come when synthetic wombs or cocoons exist, and the most vital physical role of the woman as mother—co-creating a new being—will become redundant. Will mothers be needed anymore?

The role of motherhood has changed considerably in recent times in the western world. There are fewer stay-at-home mothers always on call. The majority of moms are career women who juggle a job, motherhood, as well as being wife and lover to an equally busy mate. In most other parts of the world, women must conform to specific religious and cultural beliefs connected to motherhood. Life can still be hard for these women, and childbirth is a dangerous undertaking that carries a high mortality rate for both mother and child. A mother’s life is played out against a backdrop of lack, worry, disease and often intimidation.  

The emotional role of the one who plays mother in our lives is complex. After giving birth, nearly two decades are devoted to nurturing, protecting, teaching, giving and loving. This involves large doses of creativity, selflessness, sacrificing and giving.

Some of us have not had positive experiences with our own mothers, but almost everyone can remember a female who fulfilled some of these needs in our lives. An aunt or grandmother, or maybe it was a teacher or older lady friend.

I can’t close this post without honoring the one mother who nourishes us all, and gives selflessly no matter how much we harm her. Mother Earth, the ‘spirit’ of our beloved planet. We all share this one mother, so let’s do our best to honor her and give back to her in any way we can, by living consciously and letting gratitude ripple out from our hearts to hers.

Do you have a favorite memory of your mother you'd like to share? Do you write mothers into your stories?

GEMMA JULIANA is a multi-published author who lives in an enchanted cottage in north Texas with her handsome hero, brave teen son and a comical dog who is really a human in disguise. She loves making new friends and hearing from readers. Exotic coffee and dark chocolate fuel her creativity. She writes romance, mystery and suspense with a splash of the paranormal. You can buy Gemma’s books on Amazon.  
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Sandy said...

I loved your post, Gemma. There are so many wonderful stories I could tell you about my mother, but I'll just tell you two. lol

When my sister and I started dating, we would double-date. Mom set a curfew, and we always made it home on time, but in the summer time, we sat out in the car talking and laughing. Mom told the boys ahead of time if she turned on the porch light it was time for us to come in, or she was going to come out in her night gown and shot gun. There was no shot gun, and she would never come outdoors in a night gown. lol The guys adored her.

The second thing that I always remember is when I was out late I would always come in the house and go right to mom's room. I would tell her every detail of the night, and she listened. Poor mom, usually, only had a 2 or 3 hours before she had to get up to go to work. She never ever complained.

When I think about my wonderful mother, I realize what a spoiled kid I was back then.

Rose Anderson said...

Great post, Gemma. Mothering comes in many shades.

Tina Donahue said...

Wonderful post, Gemma. :)

Judy Baker said...

Loved your post. My mother passed away many years ago, and with three kids of my own and a grandmother, I'm reminded of her so often with great memories. Thanks for sharing.

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Sandy,
Thanks for sharing your stories. What a wonderful mother you have. I love the story about the porch light. What a subtle way to stay in control of your daughter's dates. She's a clever lady!

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Rose, glad you enjoyed the post.

Hi Tina, great to see you here!

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Judy,

My mom passed away nearly two decades ago. Ours was a complex relationship, but she was a wise woman in many ways and taught me so much. It's lovely you have reminders of your mom, and wonderful memories, too. Thanks for stopping by.

Rose Gorham said...

Wonderful post, Gemma...thanks for sharing

Melissa Keir said...

What a great post! I miss my mom a lot during this time of year. The holidays are hard but this year, Mother's Day was really hard. It's been 15 years and while she and I didn't always see eye to eye, we became best friends and true companions. :)

Gemma Juliana said...

Thanks for reading my post, Rose.

Gemma Juliana said...

Melissa, I feel for you and had the same experience this year. Some years we miss those who are gone on more than other times. Thank goodness for all the memories.

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