I must admit to a certain ambivalence about Mother's Day.
I mean I don't need to be thanked for the best thing that ever happened to me. And I also know that some of the best mothering/nurturing I have ever seen, or received, was from women who weren't anyone's biological mother.
That said, motherhood is major.
This is how I would explain being a mother.
It's when you finally, finally get two minutes to yourself and you sit down for the first time in the day and from somewhere far off you hear "Mooooom" and you get up and go see who needs what.
My youngest sister is deaf and she works hard for Canada Post. She is a single mother and lives with my mother. On paper maybe her daughter would been seen as disadvantaged. A handicapped mother, raised by a woman who is now 84, etc. The thing is my niece now in her early teens, has turned out terrific. School play, competitive swimmer, A student, school project winner successful.
Because a couple of mothers came through.
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and I write a monthly humour/sewing column for the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi