What have you learned from your mothers?
Biological mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, godmothers, fill-in mothers, mother figures, friends who are mothers…Who are these women in your life, and what wisdom have they imparted to you?
I think of my maternal grandmother. She wore her silver hair in a wide swirled bun at the back of her head, and her skin when I knew her was paper-thin. The veins in her hands I can still see, the softness of them I can still feel. She could talk about the kings and queens of England like they were personal friends, and she preferred to free wasps in her kitchen than kill them. She was, to me, wisdom incarnate. A favorite phrase of hers was “This too shall pass.” I bang my head against that wisdom daily.
Her daughter, my mother, is more to me than I can possibly form in words or anything else for that matter. What have I learned from her? To be both resolute and gentle. To care—about people and values and simple gifts of this life. To listen.
And you? What have you learned from your mothers? What wisdom have they imparted to you?