THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 12 and for me, it’s going to be a hard one since I just lost my mom in February. As I look through family photos that she had, I’ve been pondering our life together and enjoying many memories while also learning a lot of new things. I wish we had more time to create new ones (sigh) so I encourage all of you out there with mothers who are still alive to be sure to spend time with them – this Sunday and many other times too! Talk to them, ask them about their lives – their favorite memories, their childhood, things they are proud of, their dreams. Take them out, call them, send them cards. And if there is a broken relationship with your mom, mend it if you can. And be sure to appreciate the other mother figures in your life! I’m giving my sons the book Mom, Tell Me Your Story, a keepsake journal in which you write about your life for your children. They might not be so interested in reading my thoughts now, but I’m sure they will in the years to come!
My “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” is this Saturday, May 11 from 10am-noon at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer and we will walk to discover the gifts we have received from our moms or a mother figure in our lives. I was inspired to do this because I did a very special labyrinth walk in San Marcos at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (see more about that labyrinth here). As I meandered, I focused solely on healing my relationship with my mom. When I reached the center of the labyrinth, I declared 6 gifts I had received from her – intelligence, curiosity, financial support, pluckiness, beauty, love. I later shared my insights with mom and I am so grateful I did that!
Houston is full of resources for mothers and mothers-to-be and especially for those who want to breastfeed, which I did until each of my children were three years old. It’s not for everyone, but it worked very well for us. A new organization, Work & Mother, provides suites in which women can comfortably and privately nurse in the JP Morgan Chase building downtown. A Woman's Work, which used to have a storefront, still rents breastfeeding pumps and baby scales. La Leche League of Texas is strong here; check their website for a meeting near you. And if you’re interested in general resources for moms, check out the Motherhood Center – they are featured as one of my KID PICKS this week.
Be sure to watch this week’s VIDEO PICK of the Houston Latin Philharmonic annual “Mother’s Day Serenade” concert, which is this Sunday, May 12. Happy Mother’s Day!