But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin. – Mitch Albom, For One More Day
When I was 12, I read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. (Yes, an odd choice for a 12 year old but I was an odd 12 year old girl.) It is a story of mothers and daughters. I was fresh on my own journey with my mother and it was already becoming more complicated each day. I remember being captivated by the different mother-daughter relationships and how deep and how wide the emotions could span. I had no idea that the relationship with my mother would be the most profound and life-changing relationship of my life.
Don’t overthink this one. Do this prompt quickly.
Today, take a few minutes to think about your mother.
Now describe her with whatever words that come to mind. Include physical and character attributes. List those words or write down a vivid memory or describe who you remember or who she is right now. Write down things you have learned from your mother or from the relationship itself.
Be as descriptive as you can.
You can also describe her visually.
Draw or paint something that will forever remind you of your mother – a favourite flower, a favourite dress, a favourite colour – or draw your mother.
You can make it as short or as long as you want. But tell your story.
Happy Mother’s Day.
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