Mother’s Day Is Not About Your Uterus

By Kimberly Poovey

It’s not about your lady parts ― it’s about your words, actions, and love.

Mother’s Day is complicated. (Cue the flood of unrealistic expectations, stress, family drama, unwanted memories and all the feelings.)

It can be wonderful to some, lonely to others, disappointing for many, and excruciating for more women than we could possibly know. But no matter what part of the spectrum you find yourself on this Mother’s Day, know this: all women are life-givers, and if you are a woman, Mother’s Day is for you. Mother’s Day has far less to do with womb-fruit than it does with the fruit of your soul.

You, as a woman, have the unique and profound ability to sustain, to rescue, and to nurture those around you, which has absolutely nothing to do with the status of your uterus.

Whether you’ve given life to biological babies, adopted littles, the family who raised you, your chosen family, your friends, your pets, your significant other, or the people you show love and kindness to on a daily basis, you are a giver of life. It’s not about your lady parts ― it’s about your words, actions, and love. There are a million ways to be a mother, and only one of them involves a birth canal.

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