Many of you are aware that I am a writer for the Mothers Fighting for Others Blog; a charity dedicated to helping women and children in need across the world. I've admired Rocky Turner's dedication and commitment to this cause & recently had the privilege of joining the Board of her organization. This post shares my thoughts on the state of 'mothering' in our world. Click on the link to finish reading & visit Rocky's site. We're doing some really inspiring things!
*Originally posts June 4, 2008
It feels a little ‘unstylish' for lack of a better word to be writing about motherhood just as the ultimate celebration of fatherhood looms front and center. But, what can I say...this is what's on my mind.
In contemplating what motherhood has been and continues to mean in my life, I wonder whether it is most appropriately defined as a noun or a verb? Is mothering merely a biological function which allowed me to carry life within my womb and sustain it through child birth?
Or is it more aptly described in the context of mothering? As descriptive of the ongoing nourishment of life that transforms the giver and the receiver in much the same way that the physical stretching of the skin confirms the fact that something has happened within one's body. A process which has placed it's one peculiar branding of ownership... guaranteeing that one will never be the same.
The success of motherhood may be highly dependent on some factors which are totally outside of a woman's control. Take for instance....where one becomes a mother.
Where one becomes a mother determines many things about the success of the process. If a woman is fortunate to enter into motherhood while living in a Scandinavian country, a 2006~ 2007 report by Save the Children indicates that she has done so in the best place in the world!
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