I love going home, like many people do around holidays. This Thanksgiving was a small one for our family, as my dad had to work and the usual bunch were preoccupied with other celebrations. Yes, I know I am writing about Thanksgiving while we are two weeks out from Christmas, but whatever it's all the same downward spiral of carbo-loading. While home, I really wanted to do a few portraits of my mom, as I have done with Kay and Midori. Below are the portraits we took.
I especially love the first couple because I think it makes my mom look very regal. Yes, my mom has always been a queen (I think that's why Julie Andrews reminded me so much of her). She's someone who wears gloves when she drives and keeps her nails perfect, but she can and will go to war for her people, so queen always fit. She has taught me the most about what it means to be a woman, how to be kind and thoughtful but also not to take s***. She has always warned me never to dye my hair darker while teaching me about the glass ceiling my un-dyed hair will always be yearning to break through.
I wanted to include the last picture because my mom doesn't often get to be shown in her silly side. As a kid (and still now let's be honest) I was always the goof of my family. I got that from her, but I feel like a lot of people don't see that side. Of course I am a mash-up of both my parents, and my sister and other influences in my life, but I got one of my most prized possessions from my mom: my humor.
Growing up as a girl, it's so important to be told that it's fine to be a goof, to be adventurous, to feel as if you deserve the spotlight. For any woman reading, you know that growing up as a girl is hard when you're told things like "Well things are just different for girls" or that you shouldn't expect something ever, just be gracious when you've worked your butt off to receive a piece of a prize. I have never heard that sentiment from my mother once, which is why I have the confidence I do and that is incredible of my mom. That confidence and her humor has been one of the best things in my life, for 22 years. I don't say thank you to her enough (who does to their parents?) for everything she's sacrificed, but I just hope she knows that I recognize and cherish it.
Lastly, the name of this is Mom, squared because my mom had the great idea of taking photos with a picture of her mom. They are below.
There is something uniquely powerful in the connection between any women, but especially mother and daughter. When I spent time in India, one of the women leaders talked about a river that flows through generations. How it begins as a trickle and can rush into raging waters through the work of one woman towards her daughter, then on and on. As I see this pictures of my mom and her mom, I feel that river that runs through my sister and I that will eventually extend beyond us. It's strong and powerful, due to the love we have felt from these two women. It's Mom, squared.
My next feature is going to be a little different than these. Hug your mom when you see her, she's the source of your power.