The Journey of Mothering
This post is to the community of women I feel so fortunate to have with me on this journey of motherhood and discovery. In particular, I dedicate this to a woman who’s touched my life more than she may know. This one is for you, Misa Grannis.
You joined my life and my family in a non-traditional way — as the partner of my former husband.
As we talked about and envisioned on our first dinner together in Redwood City, we’ve created a new norm for motherhood, one that involves actualizing “the village concept” and is defined by shared love for a little being, by partnership, and by viewing parenthood as a co-stewardship with family we choose.
While many people have scoffed and looked at me incredulously as I’ve mentioned you fondly in passing, I feel so thankful to have you as a co-mama, and perhaps even more as a dear friend. There aren’t many role models in our society that embody how blended families can parent together — let alone have deep friendships independent of everything else — but we’re writing our own story. And it’s incredible! Thank you for being you, for being your loving self, for genuinely co-mothering, and for being a dear friend. I’m grateful you’re part of my family.
To the other incredible women on this journey with me — Elba, Jostine, Teresa, Jean, Lola, Joanna, Jody, Annie, Gina, Melisa, Parneet, Sarah, and others — you nourish my soul, exemplify the power of sisterhood, and show me what it means to be strong, courageous women. Thank you for making life truly rich.