|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.