As we approach Mother’s Day, I would like to thank those who make me a mother.
First, I thank my husband, Andrew Fox, for taking on the baggage of a complicated woman and her three-year old daughter following said woman’s acrimonious divorce and the long, dark shadow it would cast for years to come. Cecilia is a kind, confident, loving, successful woman due in no small part to your patience and stability.
Next in line is Matt, my daughter’s partner of seven years and, like my husband, a patient, stable, courageous man. You shared wise, unflinching advice with Cecilia and me that allowed us to grow closer and to better understand one another in a way that has transformed my life.
Then there is the mighty Cecilia herself, a fierce fighter who never cops out, stands by her principles, and has the mettle to protect those she cares for, even at a cost. That you are using your intelligence and your skill as a scientist to better the lives of others is an abundant gift to this world.
Lastly, I need to thank my four needy dogs—Penny Lane (15), F.S. Fannie (3), and Mazie and Hooch (siblings, 8 months)— as well as Trampled Rose Rescue and Rehab, the organization for responsible for rescuing our puppies’ very pregnant mother as Hurricane Ida was bearing down. Our house looks like a nursery school, but it is full of joy and love.
Many mothers and grandmothers will find themselves alone for this Hallmark holiday that has taken on an absurd level of importance in our society. If one such lady is in your orbit operate on the assumption that this “holiday” is a loaded one for her and she could use some love. Do something nice for her. Invite her to your gathering, cook or bake a little extra or order an extra portion to share, make a bouquet, whatever. Your efforts may amount to the difference between a day that is bearable and one the is excruciating. One kind gesture from one person can change another’s life.
Happy Mother’s Day!