It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet some brilliant mothers; to celebrate, learn from and be inspired by our differences, while drawing strength and support from the common ground we share.
This month’s This Is Motherhood feature columnist isn’t just any mother; she is my mother.
She took me completely by surprise when she submitted her piece. It hadn’t occurred to me to invite her to participate. But I’m glad she did. I think she wrote something incredible. I’ve read it over and over and still find myself choking back tears. Maybe it’s because I’m her daughter and I understand the meaning of the words she chose. Or maybe it’s because I’m now a mother that I understand.
I hope you’ll read her column and let us know what you think, right after the obligatory This Is Motherhood interview.
Leslie: As most of my readers know, our family is part of our nation’s fastest growing demographic: we live in a multigenerational home. What’s it like living with me – your adult daughter – and my family? How has it affected your role as mom?
Georgina: I have to sit back and let you be the mom in the household. When you were growing up-especially as a teenager–I always felt that I had to be a very strong figure in your life. Now I see you being the strong figure in your kid’s lives. I am enjoying it.
Leslie: You’re more than mom, now. You are also a grandmother. Has your view of motherhood changed since the birth of your grandchildren?
Georgina: My view of motherhood has stayed the strong view I have always had. Life is all about your children. It has always bothered me when people look at children and say “there is the world of tomorrow”. They are the word today and we overlook their values and opinions too easily.
Leslie: What has been your biggest challenge as a mother?
Georgina: Life has really thrown our family into some heartbreaking and tough situations. I think that my biggest challenge has been to try to keep us family. That is when we are our strongest.
Leslie: What is your proudest mommy moment?
Georgina: I think my proudest moment was when you realized that you were worth more than you were told. I watched you crawl out of a tough situation and stand on your own–then you went out and found your dream–having your own family and children.
Leslie: If you were given a day completely to yourself where you could do whatever you wanted – money is no object – how would you spend that day?
Georgina: I would spend it at HOME!!! Where else is there?
Please go and read this months edition of This Is Motherhood!