During the week before Mother's Day we sent an email to all of the mothers at Open Circle asking them to reflect on the following questions:
1) What was life like for your mother? Her expectations, challenges, joys, sense of freedom, etc. What was her day like, working outside home, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, etc.
2) How is/has your life as a mother (been) different? Would you say it is better or not?
3) How did being a mother change you? What have you learned? How have you grown?
During the service we invited any mothers present to come forward and share their reflections on these questions. Five mothers, including one visiting Open Circle for the first time, came forward, took a chair, and took turns sharing their answers to these questions and their thoughts on what it means to be a mother.
There was laughter, tears, and honest talk about the joys and challenges of being a mother. It was a most fitting way to pay tribute to our mothers.