There is a new book out by Hope Edelman, called Motherless Mothers, how motherloss shapes the mothers we become. In it she discusses the challenges of raising a child without the help of a living maternal guide.
In an exerpt from her book, she examines what it is about motherhood that’s so healing for a motherless daughter. She interviewed many women in this book, who spoke of motherhood as an experience that restored their equilibrium, their self-esteem, or their faith.
I still have my mother, so I really can’t relate to this way of thinking. In my opinion, motherhood can be healing for all types of people, including those who still have their mothers.
Some of the women interviewed in the book share their defining moments of motherhood:
I think there are defining moment in all of us. A moment where we identify with our new career of motherhood. Where we look into the little face of our children and know that there is nothing better than those “moments” we share with them.