CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL EDITOR, CULTURE WRITER, ACTIVIST
A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place. She teaches you the nature of happiness: what is the right amount, what is too much, and the kind that makes you want more of what is bad for you. A mother helps her baby flex her first feelings of pleasure. She teaches her when to later exercise restraint, or to take squealing joy in recognizing the fluttering leaves of the gingko tree, to sense a quieter but more profound satisfaction in chancing upon an everlasting pine. A mother enables you to realize that there are different levels of beauty and therein lie the sources of pleasure, some of which are popular and ordinary, and thus of brief value, and others of which are difficult and rare, and hence worth pursuing.
—Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning
One of the most profound celebrations on Earth is approaching. I am not a mother, but I know how powerful the bond is between mother and child, from both my own relationship and watching the moms in my family nurture their children. Over the years, my mother has asked my siblings and I to refrain from gifts; rather, she would like us to spend time with her and donate to a charitable maternal organization. And why should the commercial focus of the holiday be on materialism? Why should it only be focused on our own moms? Why shouldn’t it be — as Nicholas Kristof eloquently wrote three years ago — not Mother’s Day but “Mothers’ Day — an occasion to try to help other mothers around the globe as well”?
Next week, my mother and I will be attending Mom + Social: A Global Movement of Mothers. The event will tackle the six topics most discussed during the Global Mom Relay: supporting physical and emotional maternal health; empowering and inspiring girls; addressing urgent issues that endanger women globally; ensuring maternal and newborn medical care; building strong communities; and uniting mothers for change. With a focus on motherhood and the role of social media, technology, and philanthropy in improving the health of mothers and children everywhere, the gathering will be an opportunity to share ideas(!), raise awareness, and inspire global action.