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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Pregnancy has been such an adventure, a process of self discovery, body image issues, fear, joy-you name it, its been a ride. One of the greatest moments has been the realization that I am not only pregnant, but being prepared to become a mother. Moving from self to other; from me to baby; from me to we and all within my own body. (Not to mention the transformation within my marriage with my best friend-that’s another post!) In this process, one of the most revealing joys, however, has been my memories of my own childhood-remembering and connecting with how I was raised and all the mothering I received.

I hear my mother’s loving and all-knowing voice in my head as I walk through this process. Things that used to eventually annoy me by matter of the shear number of times I heard her repeat her lessons, I can start to recognize as the most important life lessons that she was teaching me. My mother was and is a natural teacher. A guide, a principle in so many arenas. I didn’t recognize this as pure genius as a child, definitely not as a teenager, more so as a young adult and now, as I enter into becoming a parent…I know for a fact, she is pure genius.

The lessons from my mother are vast, ones that I don’t realize are there, that I would be hard pressed to recount if you asked me on the spot. Not until I need them. And when I need them, there they are, there she is-her voice fills me and I find myself being mothered at the exact moment I need it…that I need her. Today’s post title, “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” is an example of that.

When Brian or I start to feel crummy with headaches, sore throats and other accompanied cold symptoms or if its a chilly day or we are feeling worn down, before I think through remedies I hear myself sing-song these words: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. I scrounge through the fridge to see what ingredients we have to make a chicken soup. The perfect remedy. Whether at the grocery store or in the fridge or garden, I sing these four words as she used to in her humming tone as I gather the chicken (a carcass that I usually keep in the freezer, remnants after we have baked a chicken for dinner-”never throw out a carcass”, another one of my mother’s lessons), carrots, celery, potato, egg noodles, and lots and lots of garlic-an entire head of garlic (another one of my mother’s lessons: “load up on garlic”). And then, of coarse, Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme. Perfection.

Before you know it, I am eating soup, snuggled up and feeling loved and mothered…at the exact moment I need it.

I intend to share more of my mothers lessons as I continue to connect and appreciate them. There are so many.

What are your most cherished lessons from your mother?


One Response to “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”

  1. Wonderfully insightful post Mia. I remember being eight months pregnant with Scarlett and calling my sister Chris hysterical crying. I had been reflecting on my own childhood and coming to the realization that I was going to be a mother in just a few short months. I was so unsure about my ability to raise my children in a way that was reflective of our values as a couple. I really struggled for a couple of weeks.

    Then Scarlett was born and I realized that the love for her was more powerful than anything I could imagine. I knew eveerything was going to be alright and that my mothering would come from that indescribable energy source of unconditional love. So I guess I am just saying that I remember experiencing the same emotions.

    As far as my mother, the greatest thing she has given to me is my sense of faith and spirituality. I joke around all the time about being raised Catholic and how brainwashing felt natural, but man did I learn how to pray, worship and believe from her. She taught me to never, ever, ever give up on anything. You know this too, having been raised by a single mom. This sense of spirituality, faith and belief in a divine plan has helped me tremendously during this difficult year. Without the visualization that God is carrying me on his back during these troubling times, I most certainly would have faltered and given up. Thanks for posting this and helping me revisit an important teaching from my mother!

    Posted by Elizabeth | 01. Jan, 2011, 8:11 am

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