I got to thinking about mothers recently both because of Mother's Day (sparkly gifts! cake! hand-drawn cards!) and after attending the Motherhood and Words reading at the Loft featuring the stories of Susanne Antonetta, Tami Mohamed, and Marcelle Soviero and hosted by Kate Hopper.

It's hard to write about being a mother and it's equally difficult to portray my own mother. My mother is consumed with guilt about her parenting, an emotion that I can tell already (with only seven years' experience) is universal among parents and especially mothers. It's tough to write honestly about her while still respecting her feelings and privacy. But ultimately, I hope my stories about her will capture how brave and resourceful I think she is and how strongly I believe that all of us make the best choices we can at the moment we make them.

Anika FajardoComment