5.16.2013

Inspired by...motherhood

Last Sunday was my greatest Mother's Day yet...

*Mary Cassatt, Mother Nursing Her Baby, 1906 (I love this painting, probably because I can't count the number of times I've been in this exact precious moment)*


Here are a couple of the gems I received:

From my 8 year old and written over a beautiful painting:
The important thing about you Mom is that you love me.
You make the best food especially your raspberry smoothies.
I like how you like to play fun games like Just Dance with me.
I love how you love our family, but there are still two more things I want to tell you.
I love how you keep our family safe, but the most important thing about you is that you love me.
And from my 7 year old, typed on a tiny scroll within a box on which she drew/painted a typewriter:
To my Mommy
Mommy

 Writing
Ideas
So bright
She's a
blanket
keeping me safe,
comfy, warm,
and loved.

Um, yeah, there were tears, and smiles, and the rest of the day was spent gardening, picnicking, playing, bike riding, and completed with a lovely dinner and game night. It was all for me, planned by my girls with the help of my amazing husband, and couldn't have been more perfect.

I felt like this:




So what does all of this lovey, lovey, mush have to do with writing?

Well...if it wasn't for motherhood, I'm quite sure I would never have been inspired to write. Sure I've always been creative, passionate, artistic, but it wasn't until I had children that I realized how much I NEEDED to create. And now that they're older, I understand how important it is that they know this side of me as much as they know the 'mommy' side of me. Hopefully, seeing me in many lights will inspire them to find their own paths to creativity...





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22 comments:

  1. Yes, I hope that my daughters get the "follow your dreams" message, not just the "leave me alone, I'm writing a book" message, lol. My younger gave me a mushy handwritten card, my older one tells me she loves me indirectly (like by bragging to her friends about how many Twitter followers I have and giving me backhanded compliments, like "You're THAT old? I thought you were younger. You look younger...").

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    1. I love it! Glimpses into my future... xo

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  2. That is soo sweet, I can see why it made you cry!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne - they were those lovely happy tears.

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  3. That is amazingly sweet. I want my boys to follow their dreams which is why I feel it's so important for them to see me following mine. Not at their exclusion, of course - they always come first. :)

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    1. Definitely Chris - thanks for reading :)

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  4. What sweet and wonderful gifts. My sons cleaned the house for me, which I also thought was amazing and special.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=323

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    1. Oh yes, a priceless gift for sure Mia!

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  5. Those are beautiful gifts - they've already internalized some of mommy's creativity and way with words. Love the first portrait of a nursing mother so much it's making my ovaries hurt.

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    1. Thanks lovely. And yes, that painting...I adore Mary Cassatt!

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  6. Oh I love things like that :) It's wonderful - to watch them grow and pick up the subtle stuff. And no worries, the other day Filly told me she is no longer afraid to chase her dreams after watching me chase mine :)

    Kids are probably the biggest inspiration and motivator we ever have in our lives. Good job, Mommy :)

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  7. Beautiful. I love that you want your children to see you as a whole person, and it's obvious from their gifts that they do. Well done!!

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  8. Fab post. I'm also a huge Cassatt fan. Part of my MA thesis was on Cassatt and Berthe Morisot. I think my favorite motherhood image is Morisot's "Le Berceau" that's in the Musee D'Orsay––do you know it? Kristina x

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    1. I hadn't seen that one Kristina...love, love, love. What a sweet moment.

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  9. I'm not surprised there were tears and smiles - just lovely. I'm pretty sure you will inspire your two girls on to their own creative path (sounds like they're well on their way already). :)

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  10. Beautiful!

    I know what you mean about being inspired by motherhood. Before I had my son, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. When I found out I was pregnant, it forced me to find my direction. It happened to be writing.

    Happy (belated) Mother's Day!

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    1. Thank you Laura. And the same to you!

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  11. I love this post and I can't believe I am only now, really getting into your blog. Here's to organizing my life. Jeepers. It's lovely to see your daughter develop your love of prose. Much love to you, Jess.

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