I sit on my computer struggling to catch up on weeks of work that seemed to pile up on me…

I get frustrated.

I remember my blog on breathing and take a couple deep breaths and try to relax my mind, so it doesn’t seem so flustered with a 3 page to-do-list.  I get up and stretch, trying to not think about feeling ill and burnt out.

From the corner of my eye, I see my mother.  She’s panting, short of breath, but still manages to hum a tune I can’t recognize.  Going in and out of the kitchen, she hops from her open laptop to the stove and back to the living room, where she is folding a load of laundry on the white couch.

My mother is a womyn of strength and courage.  She wakes up at 6 in the morning where she makes breakfast and a packed lunch for my siblings and my dad.  She heads to work at 7 to set up her 2nd grade classroom.  She then gets through 7 hours of working with 6 and 7 year old children.  She leaves work to tutor students individually until 7:00 in the evening.  She’ll then come home and cook a huge dinner, usually consisting of several dishes because everyone in my family craves something different or have dietary restrictions.  After dinner, she helps my sister or cousin with their homework, getting a head start on packing lunch for the next day.  Then she’ll spend the rest of the night working on the script of her hand-written rhyming plays.  She writes a new one every year and puts on a huge production, where her students transform into actors.  She practices with them afterschool, writes up event flyers that she posts all over the city, and makes costumes.  She heads to bed a little past one a.m. to do it all over again.  And this is just her daily routine, excluding the many other commitments she is involved in.

I find myself inspired by her ability to still hum, even though I could feel the exhaustion pouring out her limbs.

She’s a strong womyn.

My frustration fades as I blow my nose and continue down my list of to-dos.

There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.-Sarah Josepha Hale