I seem to be stuck on Mother’s Day this month and the yin and yang of it. Judith Voirst is one of my favorite writers. What follows is an open letter she wrote to her son and was published by the New York Times in 2005.
That extravagant expressions of affection
Do not necessarily mean that our children adore us,
Or that their failure to write or phone or do lots of lovely things for us
Means that they don’t.
I am, in addition, well aware
That most of the wise, mature, sensible women I know
Have nothing but disdain for Mother’s Day,
Which they rightfully declare to be a crass, commercial way
Of getting guilty children to spend money.
Furthermore, I am hoping that I
Will turn into one of those wise, mature, sensible women
Long before this current decade is through.
But meanwhile, if you know what’s good for you,
Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.
We are so accustomed to hearing these words spoken at a marriage ceremony, that I don’t think many of us stop to ponder that this pledge was made by a daughter-in-law (Ruth) to a mother-in-law (Naomi).
It is a beautiful book in the Bible written about the love between two women and their resourcefulness in overcoming adversity.
If you have had times in your life when the love and friendship of women have helped you not just to survive but thrive, I invite you to link your story to Feminist Friday to celebrate all women on Sunday.
Wishing you times spent with cherished women friends family,
by Sara Teasdale
Child, child, love while you can
The voice and the eyes and the soul of a man;
Never fear though it break your heart —
Out of the wound new joy will start;
Only love proudly and gladly and well,
Though love be heaven or love be hell.
Child, child, love while you may,
For life is short as a happy day;
Never fear the thing you feel —
Only by love is life made real;
Love, for the deadly sins are seven,
Only through love will you enter heaven.
I sometimes think that we do not always choose our work, but are chosen, or called to it. It has always seemed to me that I was called into the field of flowers with a special mission for them: to grow and disseminate them, where they are loved; to write about them; to talk about them, and, most of all, to create new varieties. THEODOSIA BURR SHEPHERD
TWO OF THEODOSIA’S CREATIONS -GOLDEN WEST POPPY AND ORIOLE ROSE:
This post is dedicated to my lovely daughter in law, Hillary, whose love of flowers has opened my eyes.
“After learning Chilkat, I gained the art of patience, the way of gratitude, and the act of compassion. The universe opened its doors with a flood of information; the kind of information not definable, yet powerfully written in our Native art, in the ways of our people, and in our commune with nature.”
This is a quote from Clarissa Rizal who is a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow. More about Clarissa tomorrow.
Tomorrow I am going to introduce you to the 16 amazing winners of the 2016 National Women’s History Alliance. The National Women’s History Month theme for 2016 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10
TOMORROW I WILL CELEBRATE ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA WHO LIVED THE BEATITUDES.
TOMORROW I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE YOU TO EMMA YANG WHO AT THE AGE OF 12 HAS WON THE TEN UNDER 20 INNOVATORS AWARD IN TECHNOLOGY FOR HER COMPUTER PROGRAM AIMED AT PATIENTS WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
“For other young women interested in going into technology, I would tell them to never stop trying. If you have an idea, don’t be afraid to pursue it, even if people keep telling you that it is hard and impossible. If this is what you like, don’t make up excuses for not trying, because there are always opportunities out there.”