Each Monday is Rebecca's Mornings With Mary and this is my offering today. I hope you can take the time to visit everyone who posts today.
When I think of Mary, Jesus's mother, my mind goes to all the great works of art depicting her in all her forms. But, Mary is synonymous (for me personally) with madonna, mother and child, the archetype of all mothers and children, and the divine feminine. I'm certainly not equating my own late mom (five daughters) or me with any kind of divinity, but I definitely think of us both with the classical universal terms of maiden, mother and crone. Below are two photos in our mother period. One is of my mom with me as a baby. The other is me with my firstborn.
I was the youngest daughter, born to my parents' great surprise when they were 40. The photo is dated, in my mother Emily's handwriting, as Feb. 13, 1938. I am six months old and this is our front porch in Hawthorne, CA. That's my mom's sister Sylvia in the background. Don't you love mom's housedress and the shoes with the socks?
This is me with my firstborn son, Joseph Michael and the date in my handwriting is Oct. 4, 1962. He is three months old and he turned 50 last summer. Following him were Christy, now 49, and Tony, now 46. When I look back at my personal greatest accomplishments it is being mom to the three of them.
Yesterday was father's day but I like to think of every day as being fathers and mothers day.