Wed | May 24, 2017

Being mom - it takes a village

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 5:29 AMNashauna Lalah
Angelie Martin-Spencer (left) has the full attention of some of the other mothers as she makes a point.
From left: Shakira Walton, Angelie Martin-Spencer and Dr Theo Davis.
The gorgeous duo of Norma Williams and Gayle Cunningham.
Dressed in a colourful ensemble to match her personality is Alison Moss-Solomon, brand public relations manager, Campari Group.
Owner of the Movable Fest, chef Michele Williams, enjoying the evening’s proceedings.
Expectant mother Lecia-Gaye Taylor (left) gets a hug from Rochelle Cameron and Norma Williams joins in.
The brains behind getting the women and film together – B3’s Parenting Magazine’s Michelle Gordon.
From left: Ester Zeiedon, Suzanne Mahfood and Anushca Mai Bunting.
Talk about a hot mama. Natalia Outar sizzles in red.
Dr Karen Phillips (left) shares a laugh with Rochelle Cameron.
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It was a 'village' of mothers who came together in Cherry Hill, St Andrew, recently to support each other in their shared journey of motherhood.

The brainchild of B3 Magazine's Michelle Gordon, the get-together showed the mothers what they really look like through their children's eyes. The highlight of the evening was a 10-minute film, featuring interviews with the mothers and separate interviews with their children.

It was Kleenex all around as this was the first time the mothers were seeing the film. Mothers who were often hard on themselves and felt guilty for leaving their precious ones for long hours, learned that their children had totally different points of view.

The children spoke about moms who they loved and appreciated because they worked so hard to buy them nice things and to keep them happy and safe.

 

A HARD JOB

 

It was the consensus that mothering is hard - a job that doesn't come with a description or a manual. Many of the moms were doing it with their own 'villages' - grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

After the film, a soul-sharing session followed. Rochelle Cameron told the group: "You don't have to be the perfect mom." She revealed aspects of her relationship with her mother and told the group that her mother prayed for her incessantly. "If there is anything you can do for your child it is that, and not occasionally, but incessantly." She told the mothers that their children just needed to know that they are there for them.

The stories and experiences flowed. Some of the 'mothers' present were not biological - some were aunts; some had adopted; but the journey was all the same. The stories and experiences revealed the intensity of a mother's love and the power of the women entrusted with this very important task.

nashauna.lalah@gleanerjm.com