So: sometime between now and Mother's Day (Sunday), write a post about the women in the blogosphere that have made some difference in your world. It doesn't have to focus on just one blogger (I don't know that I'll be able to restrict my celebratory post to just one blogger), but you absolutely must single out the objects of your celebration and give them lots of linky love. And if you want to write about how Dooce or Amalah or some other supa-stah or near-stah blogger has enriched your life, that's great, but if you do that, you are required, by the terms of this assignment, to also celebrate a lesser known blogger (extra points if you seek out someone who is not on your blogroll and write about what a great discovery they are.) By this weekend, I want to see all of our names in virtual linky lights.
I'm in! But I am going to go minimalist because honestly I could spend all night at this. There are so many good mom bloggers out there to know and love. I will restrain myself and just post about 2 very different kinds of moms.
First up is Michelle from La Vie en Rose...A Sweet Life. This beautiful young woman writes so poetically and so thoughtfully that she has given me a whole different view of motherhood. I already knew about the snot and the nights and birthday parties and all that kid stuff. People are always complaining about their kids because it is funny. I actually think it takes a kind of bravery to tell about the heartful tenderness of it.
Michelle puts a sweet, grateful light on being a mother. She digs deep and tells the truth about her fears and her hopes and dreams for her son. I love her writing.
Then on the other hand there is Madness Rivera.
Madness is that cool hip funny girl from high school that you always wanted to be friends with but you just knew you never could be because she was way too amazing and popular. Then one day in photography lab she started talking to you and you became even more amazed to learn she was nice, too and you walked around in a daze thinking "Did that just happen?" and then every time from then on in the hall that she said hi to you, it startled you because you just hadn't been able to convince yourself that she would remember who you were.
At least that is how I imagine her. Now she has grown up to be a cool, fun mom. I admire how she is raising her daughters so much. She loves them fiercely but has managed to hang onto her separate identity in a way that many moms find difficult, I imagine. The girls are smart and strong and she is honest with them in a really cool way.
One of her daughters, Maya, is also going to do martial arts at the Junior Olympics in Atlanta this summer and is selling the cutest rubber bracelets to raise money. $10 gets you 4 - one says "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." Too cool. No, I do not know her personally and yes, I know I am shamelessly shilling.
Those are my nominees. Do you have any?