If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is an entire book of pictures worth, especially when those pictures speak right to a mother’s heart?
This story is for mothers at any and every stage of the journey. Motherhood chronicles the intimate connectedness from the time of expecting, then nurturing a newborn, through toddlerhood; from the joy and pride and unending love for the child, to the independent adult child.
It is the universal experience of motherhood, as once defined by Elizabeth Stone:
“It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
The first time I experienced this story was as a part of an audience at the BConnected Conference. I felt an immediate emotional connection to the story, and the tear-filled eyes and applause following confirmed that those around me felt it, too.
My kids are now sixteen and thirteen. I never knew this kind of love until I had them, and I also was not prepared to expect the kind of helplessness I feel in the moments I can’t reach them when they’re out in the blistering sun without sunscreen or a hat for hours mid-day, when I know I can’t protect them from the loss of a loved one, or the pain of circumstances beyond my control. And I know my mom went, and still goes through all of the same things.
Because that is what Motherhood is.
It is a bond that brings us all together, regardless of where we come from, what language we speak, or whether or not we can read.