This article is one in a series published in collaboration with our sister organization, Strong Families.
Mother’s Day has a way of making everyone feel like an outsider. This brunch-y, kid friendly version of Mother’s Day, creates the feeling that there is some elusive “right way” to celebrate and be celebrated. And most people’s tales of the day include disappointment and dismay over something (or everything) gone awry.
For Strong Families Mama’s Day celebration, we knew we wanted to flip that. Rather than create more idealized shoulds, we wanted to put out words and images that capture mamahood as we know it, in all of it’s complexity.
We know that mamas defy categories. We are all engaged in families and communities in motion — from immigration status to sexuality and gender, from health and ability, to disability and transformation. Day to day, the most constant thing is a commitment to figuring it out.
We wanted a way to recognize the day that would bring us back to its roots. Originally a cry against the Civil War, Mother’s Day was meant to be a radical revisioning of what is possible when you put mothers at the center of things.
To that end, we worked with an incredible group of artists to create a series of e-cards that will be released on May 8th. Taken together, the set of cards creates an image of mamahood that will not be available at the CVS nearest you. Each card lovingly depicts an aspect of mamahood and family that will likely feel very familiar to most of us…immigration, tenderness, separation, disability, love, and queerness.
From now through Mother’s Day, we are featuring articles by mamas on an amazing range of topics, from nursing and working, to being pregnant while gender-queer, to race, immigration, and mamahood.