I went outside this morning to find my statue of Mary missing from our front garden. It was a mother’s day gift from my girls and was blessed. I suppose I became attached to it; not seeing it in the garden was rather a shock. My girls used to pick flowers for her throughout the summer and earlier this May they did a May Crowning. Please say a prayer for whoever stole it and for its return.
St Anthony, restorer of lost things, pray for us!
An acquaintance of mine recently told me that staying at home with her children wasn’t for her anymore and she was looking for work. I replied with an, “oh, really” and wasn’t sure what else to say. I didn’t know if she wanted encouragement to keep up the good fight, to defend my own decisions or simply soothe her conscience, “yes, motherhood is hard, it’s not for everyone.” After this conversation, I fortuitously stumbled across this thoughtful article, A Fallacy of Motherhood by Laura Wood, which is worth a read. Here’s an excerpt:
” No other form of daily work is burdened with such unrealistic expectations and exalted assumptions as the work of motherhood, which is so sentimentalized in our feminist culture. The woman who does not enjoy the company of young children or finds the home lonely and unstructured compared to the workplace may be left thinking she is not meant to be a mother.”