Motherhood Lotus

Motherhood-the shortest and steepest path to enlightenment


My Mother was a Catholic Nun

Posted on April 3, 2011 at 10:45 PM

My mother was a Catholic nun for 16 years beginning right after high school. She taught Catholic school and was well loved by her students, many of whom have kept in touch with her throughout the rest of her life. She loved her vocation but ultimately decided to leave the convent and move on to the next chapter of her life. She soon met and married my father and they had me, their only child. She found that motherhood was the greatest challenge she had ever known. She didn’t have me “eating out of her hand” like her students did. She often told me “Motherhood requires the patience of a saint” and “I can’t wait until you grow up and have a daughter that acts just like you.” Well I did grow up, and now have two daughters. When I began to comprehend how difficult motherhood really was. I was inspired to create this bumper sticker honoring moms, my own mom in particular; that says “Motherhood-The Shortest and Steepest Path to Enlightenment.” I made the sticker to remind women walking the path of motherhood that we are not alone in our struggles and that all of the hard work is a beautiful opportunity for our own growth. Knowing what I put my mom through and what I am going though raising two young girls, the sentiment means a lot to me. My mother passed away this January after a long battle with cancer. I was fortunate to be able to "mother" her in the last two months of her life.

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Reply Julie Perry
3:26 PM on April 11, 2011 
Hi Erin,

Constance's friend here, Julie! I finally had a moment to check out your website and wanted to share with you that I placed your sticker on my water bottle to my bike and am reminded every time I drink from it of how thankful I am to be able to walk through this journey of motherhood! I grew up with divorced parents and a mom who wasn't around much during the younger years of 6 to 14, so what I learned through my upbringing was, " what not to do" as a mom, which has helped me tremendously morph into a balanced and compassionate mother!

Recently, my spouse and I separated and I have been seeing the emotional impact of that in my children, through anger "fits", slamming doors, hitting of one-another and some other creative forms of emotional display! It has tested my spirit, but I am taking on a new approach to manage my three, highly-spirited children and appreciate the sentiment you support that "we are not alone in this journey"!

Best wishes as you touch other mom's and spread the "Word" on Motherhood!

Hope to see you again in Boulder! Cheers! jsp
Reply Heather Rakowski
12:26 AM on November 11, 2011 
So proud of you!!

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