Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | May 8, 2011

On Motherhood

Mother’s Day has taken on a new and very special meaning for me this year, as my daughter became a mother and a new generation of our family was born.

Laurelin and Bennett

She made the most interesting comment to me on a recent visit…that she was in awe of the ability of women to grow a living human being within their body, and then sustain that life with food produced by their own bodies.

It’s a process that is so natural we take it for granted, and I am impressed that in the midst of the sleeplessness, round-the-clock feedings and diaper changes, she has the presence of mind to even recognize, yet alone appreciate, this seeming miracle!

I don’t recall contemplating anything that profound during my years as a young mother, but then ~ even though you vow to cherish and remember every moment with your children ~ time does fade those memories.

This makes becoming a grandmother such a gift, because you are able to relive those moments with your children as an observer, while watching your daughter with her child.

Then, in the watching, you are also given the opportunity to better understand your relationship with your own mother.

Even though my own mom has been gone since 1990 and I have no way to actually revisit moments with her, I can still grow personally from these realizations.

It’s a circle of life sort of thing…the kind of “thing” that women are so good at…carrying on from one generation to the next, the small things that may not be important in the grand scheme of life, but which can be life-changing if you take the time to see and understand.

Happy Mother’s Day to Us All!



  1. Happy Mother’s Day to the woman whose love carried me into the world, and through it, too, all these years. I give my heart to Bennett as you gave your heart to me. I love you, Momma!

    • I will treasure your beautiful Mother’s Day wishes forever!

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