This Mother’s Day, I’m working with Clever Girls in support of Macy’s Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the “trade, not aid” program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.
Ready for the most gigantic understatement of the year? Raising children is difficult. Yeah.
In fact, I learned recently that it’s part of the fall. When God says that we will have pain in childbearing, the word “childbearing” follows a literary device where the beginning of something represents the entirety. In other words, think of “pain in childbearing” as “pain in childrearing” – makes a lot more sense, huh?
The more I think about it, the more I realize that we (the cultural/societal ‘we’) have made this problem worse. OK, obviously, we all contribute to problems in our family. But have you thought about this one?
We have made family life more difficult by moving away from our families.
I’m not saying that it’s wrong to move away from your family. In fact, we truly need our own family identity – maybe some of us should move away from our families! Haha! I’m just saying that it makes things more difficult.
It took me a little while after having Samuel to realize it, but I desperately wanted my mom around. It didn’t matter that she couldn’t remember every detail about breastfeeding or that she loved co-sleeping and rocked us to sleep when those weren’t my things.
I wanted her support. I wanted her encouragement. I just wanted someone to be there, someone I could by my absolute self around!
And even though we don’t live in the same city and my mom hates driving as much as I do, she was there as much as possible. She came in on weekends when she was working; she took vacation time; and since she’s quit her job, she’s been here every time I’ve asked her to come and help.
That’s what moms do.
And that’s why I’m sharing a Heart of Haiti necklace, courtesy of Macy’s, with my beautiful mom.
Thank you to Macy’s Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.
What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti? Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.
Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.
Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com.