....mothers, daughters, friends

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This is the cover of a little journal Daughter #2 presented to me about two years ago...In side she had written this...
""My Dear Mommy (she calls me mommy when she is happy with me....if not, I am mother)
Please answer these questions for me in this book. I want to have a collection of information about you...your experiences, your thoughts, and your hopes. It means so much to me."
She didn't even have to say please...the fact that she was interested in my experiences, thoughts and hopes meant a lot to me.

Her questions were thoughtful...

Can you think of three days that stand out in you life as exceptionally happy?

If you, with the wisdom you have now, could talk to ourself at my age,
what advice would you give?

Do you remember the first boy who you cried about because you loved him? who/when

Could you sense my specific soul or personality while I was in your womb?

When did you learn that being creative wasthe road to joy?

There were 13 questions.

It took me almost a year to answer give them the attention they deserved....

Not too long ago she gave it back to me...this is part of what she wrote...

"Reading you answers was one of the most touching, beautiful,
and significant experiences of my life... I love that you think in ways that our so creative. You are a big INSPIRATION to me!"

And she has asked 8 more questions..She want's to know more!! It makes my heart sing.

I've been thinking about the importance sacred circles play in the lives of women who are lucky enough to belong to one. In circles we can we can share our stories. Women know so much, experience so much...we have knowledge, wisdom...we are bursting with juicy creativity..let's gather and share, the world needs more feminine energy..
let's grow it together.

When women wake, mountains move..

Imagine a Woman

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.

A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

“Imagine a Woman” © Patricia Lynn Reilly, 1995

The poem is copyrighted and may not be used without permission.


Lisa said...

That filled my eyes with tears and my heart with joy. And the poem is one of my favorites. I find my self sitting up just a bit straighter when I read it. Thank you for sharing your daughter's questions and the poem.

Sue said...

Beautiful, both the wonderful gift from your daughter and the poem. I had read this poem years ago and then 'lost' it, I'm so thankful to you for posting it here. This time I'm going to print it out.



PS, I'm also "Mommy" with daughter #2 (she's 23) and "Moooooooooooommmm" or "Moooooother!" when she is annoyed/not happy with me. With daughter #1, I'm just plain ole "mom".


julie mitchell said...

It's a cool poem for sure...and I am a blessed mom I just touches me so much that she cares what I've experienced or thought about....She and I are going on a 3 day road trip to the Sierras in northern Ca. in two weeks...wait until I tell you what we are going to'll probably think I've lost my I have!

Praying Horse said...

You have raised a wonderfully thoughtful daughter, that is touchingly evident. Can't wait to hear about your adventure coming up!

I hope it's OK to tell this story about a "personal" question my son asked (differences between boys and girls? dunno) When he was home for a college break one time he hemmed and hawed and asked me - so uh Mom, when you got pregnant with me - were you, like TRYing to get pregnant? When I admitted that no, we weren't exactly trying but obviously not trying not to either, and that I was totally happy when I found out, he said - I'm glad you weren't trying, 'cause that would have been so gross, you know? Our children are wonders to behold, that's for sure.

scarletti said...

Thank you for writing such a powerful and positive post. I have just found my way to your blog and this post was everything I needed to hear.

And thank you to Praying Horse too for giving me the confidence to answer the very same question honestly should any of my Smalls need that answer when they grow up!

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