Happy Mother’s Day

This is for my mother and all the mothers out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

“My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.”-Jodi Picoult


Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, who is everything I could ask for in a mother.

Happy Mother’s Day to my grandmothers, whose love, support and presence remain with us even after they have moved onto the next life.

Happy Mother’s Day to my great-grandmothers and the countless generations of women in my family who have come before me and have paved the way for future generations.

Happy Mother’s Day to the millions of mothers who were killed in The Holocaust and other needless genocides, who did the best they could for their children under impossible circumstances.

Happy Mother’s Day to the women who fought for the rights and the opportunities that were only a dream and have since become a reality.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Late Flashback Friday Post-Mother’s Day Edition- Stepmom (1998) & The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world. It is a job that lasts a lifetime. The title of Mom is not a 9-5 job. But it is the most rewarding title a woman can have, if she chooses it.

In 1998’s Stepmom, Jackie Harrison (Susan Sarandon)  has been diagnosed with potentially life threatening cancer. Her ex-husband, Luke (Ed Harris) has settled down with Isabel Kelly (Julia Roberts).  Jackie, a stay at home mother, is trying to acclimate her children to their father’s new girlfriend. Isabel tries to balance her successful career as a photographer with her new responsibilities as a stepmother. Can Isabel and Jackie see eye to eye and come to terms with the life, the man and the children that they will be sharing?

I haven’t seen this movie in a long time, but it is a proper, heartbreaking drama. With an excellent cast and a realistic and potent story, this movie makes me grateful for my own mother and the sacrifices she made.

In the Kids Are All Right (2010), Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for a long time. Their children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) were both conceived via artificial insemination.  Nic, the doctor, likes control and order while Jules, who is starting a landscaping business is less into control and order.

Enter Paul (Mark Ruffalo), Joni and Laser’s biological father and sperm donor. With the chaos that Paul brings to their lives,  what will happen when the dust settles? Will Paul be a permanent fixture in their lives or will he continue to be just the sperm donor?

I happen to like this movie very much. Not just that it disproves that LGBTQ couples are incapable of raising responsible, capable children, but also that their relationships are no different than their straight counterparts. It is also proves that families come in all different forms and life no matter your gender or sexual preference is never simple.

I recommend both.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in the world, especially my mother.

Being a mother is the hardest job any woman could take on. It is a 24/7, 365 day a year job, regardless of their children’s age.

They carry us for 9 months,  bring us into the world and raise us. They feed us, clothe us, get us to school on time and make sure we complete our homework.

Their wants and needs are put aside for ours.

I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without my mother.

Happy mother’s day Mom. I love you and thank you for everything.

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