On October 18th, my daughter was born and I became the mother of three children. Hundreds of miles away, on the same day, another baby girl was born and another woman added the third child to her family. We were complete strangers at that time, but our love of photography and family brought us together. We started to have a conversation about motherhood with images, because we tell stories with our cameras. Since some tales are so similar, and some are not, we decided to collaborate and share a photo a week from a normal day as a mother to three.
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” – Mary Jean Irion
i want you home with me, but i know that now is not the right time. so i send you out into the world without me each day and my heart aches for you. hope carries me through the hours as i wait for your return. and when you do, i hang from your every word still holding onto that hope. “tomorrow is a new day.” “hang in there.” “it takes time.” these are the words that come tumbling out of my mouth when i really want to say, “f*** them!” “you don’t need them.” “it is their loss.” i see you growing though. you are learning so much. but some things just aren’t learned at school. like the way your baby brother looks at you as you gently bathe him and echo his coos back to him. no, love is taught right here at home with me, with your family.