It is also the day we say cliché words and buy chocolates and flowers to thank “the womb” - the nurturing source of our life that has inspired such great artworks, literature, music, mythology and high expectations. And because of the miracle of motherhood and the inspiration it is, we will forever fall short in its fulfilment.
But just for trying, for making the effort, I say
HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!
The woman in this photograph by Dorothea Lange, aged 32 when it was taken, was a mother of seven. She and her children were living off gleaned vegetable seconds and birds they were able to kill. She had just sold the car's tires to get food money when this photograph was shot. It is titled "Migrant Mother With Seven Children" (1936).