Adrienne and Pearl. New Orleans, LA
Who has informed your mothering and how?
I feel that it’s an idea – the awareness of a truth – which has guided me most.
In the early days of motherhood, I felt isolated, and this pleased me. I was content to be sequestered, secluded with my child in a sea of milk-stained blankets, languishing in one another’s arms. I would stare and marvel at her delicious perfection for hours, and I grew comfortable alone together as we were. I cloaked our world in a tight, tender swaddle.
This veil of love was our refuge, and I came to learn that much of motherhood happens behind a curtain. Not just the simple business of at-home life, the preparations to venture into the wide world, the intricacies of your child’s particular personality, but rather even as we move through the world, our babies on our hips, we do so with a protective veil about us and our children.
Radhika, Dorian, Amari and Jayani
When I initially envisioned what Raising Mothers would bring to the online discussion of motherhood, this was one of my top priorities. I wanted a space that reflects my own life. Stories told through the voice of women like me. I have known Radhika for at least 15 years, meeting as freshmen and neighbors in college. I am honored to have her as my first interview. Here she talks about how family, race and culture inform her motherhood.
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