Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mom Enough

It's Haitian Mother's Day. My friend Beth posted this photo on Facebook. It was taken right after the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

Recently Time magazine published a story about attachment parenting with a photo of a woman breastfeeding on the cover. The caption was "Are you mom enough?" Don't we all wonder that, deep down, as mothers? Are we doing enough, teaching enough? We know we love enough, but are we expressing it in the right way to help our children become the people they should be? Breastfeeding is wonderful, but being mom enough is not about how long you breastfeed (and I say this as a mother who breastfed a long time).

Is this woman, nursing her injured child while lying on the ground after an earthquake, mom enough? You bet she is. Because she keeps going and does what she has to do to care for her child. Haitian mamas are mom enough.

Here's my post for Haitian Mother's Day in 2010. It includes a song sung by a Haitian musician for her mother.

1 comment:

Linda at teacherdance said...

So poignant, Ruth, and I love that you worked hard to present such a beautiful tribute post on your Mother's Day, too. The song's words are marvelous. Thank you!