I have been inspired, and continue to be inspired, by so many women, young and old, who embrace that instinct to mother - maternal, nurturing - These photos are the ones I could scramble up out of my computer photo collection - these women influence me and have in the past. There are more in friendships - these are all family.
Happy Mother's Day
Ada Chapman Henderson "Granny"
I've heard so much about her in strength, laughter, grief, endurance...
Mary Ella Henderson Northcutt "Ella", Granny's youngest child & my grandmother.
I loved her. Absolutely.
Ella and my mother
Ella holding John, my cousin, and Vida Law Robinson, John's paternal grandmother sitting next to Ella.
My Four Heroines
All four of Ella's daughters. Granny was their grandmother.
Left to Right.
Mary, 72, Florence, 82, Mother(Edith), 85, Lucille, 88
Mary and Mary Ann in 1949
Mary with 3 of her 5 children.
Left to Right.
Edward, Melissa and Mary Claire
Mary and Melissa waiting their time to be seated.
It was Melissa's daughter's wedding. Mary Hamilton.
Florence with her great granddaughter
Mary Ann, Mother and Me
One Easter when Mother was feeble, but not as much as she would be.
Mother in the 1950's
Mary Ann with Ellie and Luke.
Great Niece and Great Nephew
Charlie's Mother with her four.
and next pictures, my 4 daughters, filling their roles as Mothers, Aunts -
flexing their maternal muscles.
Ann and Ellie.
this looks like many scenes with me and mother.
getting that hem on something she's made.
Laura Beth with John before he goes to NICU
and in NICU
Sarah with John
Kate and Ellie
Andrew's First Day Home from Hospital
Ann and Andrew 15 months later
Luke, Ellie, Andrew with their Mom
Laura Beth in Labor
and much later
John is almost here
Ada already mothering her own baby
Laura Beth, John, and Ada
Elizabeth and Kate
22 years later
Elizabeth, John, Ada and Laura Beth