I read a post this week, that explained something I couldn’t eloquently say.
Motherhood comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and colours, so we also need to recognize invisible mothers this Sunday.
There are women who have been making parenting choices for their children as they attempt to bring them into the world, yet the world doesn’t recognize them as mothers.
There are women who have filled out tons of paperwork and have been judged by social workers, but because they don’t have a child yet, they aren’t considered mothers.
There are women who wanted to be mothers and took that journey emotionally, but due to circumstances could not reach physical parenthood.
There are women who were mothers, either secretly or visibly for weeks or months, but lost their children before birth.
There are women who were mothers and got to hold their child before they lost them forever, and those women are still mothers who carry their children inside their heart.
And then there are the invisible motherless. Those people who no longer have their mother.
This Mother’s Day, rather than only looking to celebrate the obvious mothers, the ones that are clearly, visibly parenting, dig deep and use the day to also reach out to someone who is an invisible mother; not recognized by society as such but a type of mother nonetheless. Reach out to the invisible motherless who may be struggling on a day that is meant to celebrate someone who is out of their life or dead.
I thank her for this post, as I am, and will continue to be, an invisible mother.
If you wanted to read my previous Mother’s day posts, you can, but the overriding theme is the same. 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2011; 2013.
h/t to Melissa.