Ooooo you know the day's when raising children seems like an incredibly difficult journey, sometimes I wonder if I am going to live through another day ! LOL ! I need inspiration often, one way I inspire myself is by looking at images of mother's and babies on pinterest, or reading Waldorf education books always very soothing :) But I wanted something that would give me meditative repose, something that I could interact with, something that I could give to my daughter, my son's for their families later on. I have always dream't of having the fortitude to write a book with all the little wisdom's we learn on the path of motherhood, but despite my desire to write such a book I feel I can illustrate those feelings more poignantly in a coloring book, including some inspiring- empowering poetry and gentle guidance on being a parent. I myself will use this coloring book, there are so many possibilities :) one can change the composition in so many ways with color, each time taking the piece to a new place. I am very excited about this work, and hope you will be too. A gift that can help empower and inspire us as mother's or for those mother's in our lives, or for those grandmother's who would like to relive those moments of raising children. Such a sacred and powerful place in our lives this holy time of "Mothering".
In this work I include lot's of floral shapes and patterns dancing in and out of the focal study of a mother and child. I have been blessed with a variety of mother and babe photo submission's from friends, and so have used many of these as reference for the book. It will be a small book of 25 pages, my first ever published book on paper.
In the past I worked as an activist trying to raise awareness in the west about the value of motherhood. That it is a worthy occupation, worthy of pay and recognition, respect. I was alone with my first child, and having come from a poor family, was forced to subsist on government welfare. It meant standing in a line with people who were not working, drug addicted and living cyclical poverty. For me with a baby in my arms, the only reason I was there was because I was working! Caring for a tiny little being. I honestly do not understand why working at a 9-5 job and putting your baby in child-care was better than caring for your own baby. I noticed all the issues arising from mother's separated from their vocation by more important occupations in low paying jobs, the impact on the children, on families, on society as a whole. I was full of the will to wake up my community. So I started "Mothering In Action" a charity and community based initiative to raise awareness about mother-work. I was interviewed by our local paper's and met with many circles of other mother's to discuss the issue. I advocated for in depth education on raising children in High School, with interaction and cooperation with infants, babes and children, their mother's and father's. I painted art and held an auction to raise funds and awareness for the initiative. I dream't of having a center where mother's could gather to share knowledge and spell each other off, a kind of community initiative valuing motherhood. However although my efforts were exhaustive, the community consciousness and the actual mechanism of the societies order, was mired in a very specific protocol which had no room for such new thinking. Eventually I burnt myself out and was unable to continue the initiative.
Now I have more desire than ever to raise awareness about the value of motherhood, and I will do so with celebration ! I hope this wee coloring book can help shed light on this sacred path of raising human beings, this vocation demanding so many skills, so worthy of respect, gratitude and support.