Friday, January 27, 2017

A New Mission

The anger, hostility and division I had seen leading up to the election in November exploded when the results came in. The urge to spread kindness, compassion and respect immediately grew. I had a plan, a message that I wanted to share. Unfortunately, my world completely fell apart a few days later when my mother passed away unexpectedly.

My mother. This was not only the woman who had loved me and raised me and given me and my brother everything she’d had to give, but also the woman who had kept me sane and grounded after I began the most chaotic, challenging, physically and emotionally demanding stage of my life, motherhood. She had stayed with us in the delivery room all day and all night while I struggled through contraction after contraction, hour after hour, with little progress. She was there in the morning, watching as her granddaughter finally made it into the world and cutting the umbilical cord. Afterward, she was always there with advice, words of encouragement, support, babysitting help, food and, of course, hugs. As luck would have it, she was at the doctor’s with me when I found out my second baby didn’t have a heartbeat. She was there with sympathy, understanding and more hugs. She was there to share our excitement over my being pregnant a third time, with prayers and positive thoughts. She babysat Little C when I had all those doctor’s appointments and barely slept the night Squidgy was born because Little C was too excited about meeting baby brother to sleep! She drove up to help watch the kids when I got mastitis and felt so sick and awful. That flow of advice, encouragement, support, babysitting, food and hugs was constant - she was constant. And then, all of a sudden, she wasn't.

We were very fortunate to be flooded with love, support, flowers, and food immediately after my mother’s passing. Our family and friends stepped in and did what they could to fill the void as best as they could. It has been a very difficult couple of months for all of us but we are moving forward as best we can, keeping my mother forever in our hearts and minds. My mother so embraced the qualities I had initially wanted to share - generosity, kindness, selflessness. There is no better way for me to carry on her legacy, and perhaps start creating my own, than to do whatever I can to help others.

The rallies around the world this past weekend were amazing and awe inspiring. To see so many come together to peacefully stand up for their rights, and the rights of every human being, brought such hope to my heart and reignited the fire which had been sparked after the election. I plan to do my part to nurture this sense of unity and community, in the hopes that it will not only continue, but grow.

I started this blog with the intention of filling it with ideas, tips, activities and recipes to help you achieve a happy healthy enriched home and family. And, well, it seems life got in the way of those best laid plans. This family has been through a lot the past couple of years, joys, sorrows, challenges and adventures. We have made it through somehow and hopefully now I can bring some life back to this blog - with a new mission.

Stay tuned, for there will definitely be more to come!


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