I am feeling every inch an earth mother this week, having extra chicks under my wing who needed a little TLC. I feel protective, tender and raw all at once.
I have held the space while others buckled under the weight of it all being too much. I have walked away knowing the tears fell bitterly as soon as I left. I have cared for sisters and young ones, cradling them in safety and love.
Mamahood in fifty shades.
I truly love being a mama to others. I don't always find it easy. Sometimes it is freakin' hard. I'm no different from any other mama - full of tenderness and love some days but as bitchy and scratchy on those other days, the oh-so-tired days, the leave-me-alone days, as much as the next mama. Either way, motherhood is my bones. I was born to be a mother. It's written in my deepest soul.
It's weeks like this that I find myself turning to the fantastic book that I received for Christmas from the lovely Mrs. Dreaming Aloud, Lucy Pearce.
Lucy's book is a celebration and an honouring of the many faces of motherhood, the glory and the sacredness but also the heartbreak and the uncertainty - all rolled up in one beautiful package. This book comforts, questions and enlightens. It challenges. Like her fantastic column in Juno, it has soul. It is woven from love. It has grit. It has milk. It has tenderness. It is multicoloured and multi-textured. It's an anthology of a mothers year. The whole whirligig of motherhood lies between its pages. Lucy bravely reveals the naked truth about mothering - confiding in you her darkest mothering secrets, and making us realise we were not alone in thinking or feeling like this or that.
And I love this lil' book so much I am giving a copy away to one reader!
To have a chance of winning, tell me all the colours of your own mamahood right now. Tell me the joy and the wonder and the gladness and the shitty gritty.
The more honest and touching your story the better.
You could write a paragraph, you could write a poem. Or just a few words. Whatever you like.
I'll judge who deserves Moods Of Motherhood sent to them by Wednesday 5th Feb.
Big hugs to you mamas - you are ALL, without exception, AMAZING.
Xx MF xX