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This is What a Mother Looks Like, Ya'll.


Photo by: the gorgeous Sandra Kleist from The Winding Road

Mommies are people, people with children
When mommies were little, they used to be girls
Like some of you, but then they grew
And now mommies are women, women with children
Busy with children, and things that they do
There are a lot of things a lot of mommies can do

Some mommies are ranchers, or poetry makers
Or doctors or teachers, or cleaners or bakers
Some mommies drive taxis, or sing on TV
Yeah, mommies can be almost anything they want to be!
— Marlo Thomas, Parents are People from Free to Be You and Me

Back in the 70s Marlo Thomas conceived this super groovy art album called Free to Be You and Me that was an alternative to all the stereotypical stuff children were being taught. It was especially empowering for young girls and taught them that they could indeed be anything they wanted to when they grew up…writers, doctors, painters, pilots, dancers….and even mommies.

I loved the notion that mommies were people, people with children. It’s so simple. We are tall and short. Different colors, shapes and sizes. Some have straight hair and others curly curls. Some wear glasses, some can see for miles. Some like coffee, others tea. Others would love a nice chilly cocktail, made with the good stuff, thank you very much.

We laugh. We cry. We hug our kiddos with all our might. We get sad at the thought that one day our sweet daughter might start dating some icky loser. We get sad at the thought that one day we won’t be able to see our sweet boy’s cute little bum anymore. We have days were we think, “Shoot, maybe I *do* want another baby!” and other days where we think, “Oh HAIL no….”

It’s ten times more difficult than we imagined and a hundred times more rewarding.

We have days where we are overwhelmed by the sheer pressure of everything. Where we think, “It’s too much. How can I do it all??”

We have days where we are overwhelmed by the joy of everything. Where we think, “My heart is so full, I think it might burst when I look at this sweet child of mine.”

Yet underneath it all, we’re all the same. Bound together by the love of our children. Mommies are people. People with children.

To all of the many amazing, strong, sweet, powerful, thoughtful, bold, kind, crazy, shy, loud, fabulous women we kn0w….we love you and salut you. You really do have the hardest job in town. And you know what? Your child is *totally* the cutest, smartest kiddo we know….

Presenting just a small selection of  our beloved  friends and readers. Mothers, all of ‘em. Ladies, I have to say, DAMN ya’ll look good!

Here’s to old, treasured friends and all the many new fabulous friendships blossoming! *MWUAH!*

Once again, that super rad top photo was taken by our amazingly lovely friend Sandra Kleist, from The Winding Road! Also, you may have noticed we’ve transformed our usual Modern Kiddo masthead for the weekend. My gorgeous friend Pilgrim is the genius behind it all!

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  1. keepingupwithstella says

    Happy Mother’s Day Alix! You are the best- I hope the boys are taking extra good care of you today!
    xo

  2. lishyloo says

    happy mother’s day to everyone!!

  3. BethR says

    aw… this is a sweet post!

    everything you said about being a mother is 100% right on. and that first photo is going to make a fantastic keepsake.

    happy mother’s day to you!

  4. Sandy says

    You guys are the greatest! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  5. heather says

    what a sweet collection of mommies!!!!! beautiful!!!!!! happy mother’s day!!!

  6. jenny says

    i’m so happy to know so many of these gorgeous mamas!!!! wishing you all a fabulous day!!! XOXO jenny/frecklewonder :)

  7. Alix says

    Love all you guys……i’m sure I could have added 100 more photos!

  8. Katie Stephenson says

    This is the best mother’s day post ever and I absolutely LOVED Free to be You and Me and I remember this little ditty well.

  9. Priscilla M says

    I’m balling! This is such an awesome post! Thanks to you, Alex…and ALL the amazing mama’s!!!

  10. jenny says

    ps, sweet friend. don’t think i didn’t notice that i was sittin’ right next to you in this spread. *muah*

  11. pilgrim says

    awww you guyssss! happy mothers day! this has to be the finest looking collection of mothers anywhere!

  12. tracy says

    Happy Mothers Day to Alix and Dottie!
    so funny to see my mug up there. was like WHOA!! xoxoxoxo soo much prettieness in one place! Thank you for including me. I’m so glad to know you!

    xoxoxo

  13. Melinda says

    Wait…there might come a time when I can’t see my sweet girl’s tush anymore? Can I still pinch it?

  14. flo says

    awww. this post was soo sweet…so sweet my tooth hurts (in a good way, like eating a candy shop way)! thanks for bonding us mothers all just a little closer!!

  15. miss james says

    oh yay! so adorable! i’m so happy that i got to be apart of this. i wish we could all live in the same neighborhood. i could use more local mama friends. ;)

    you’re just the sweetest. xo!

  16. kate says

    totally awesome mommies!! love it!

  17. lisa :: the red thread says

    Great post, and thanks for including me (sorry about the dodgy photo!). Happy mothers day to all you awesome mums.
    x

  18. melanie says

    Aw! I’m so far behind in my reading (what with being pregnant and renovating a house in a month with a toddler in tow) that I’m only getting here now and wasn’t I surprised to see that photo of Miss Moira and I! Thanks so much for including us – I love your blog so much and can’t wait for things to settle down so I can start reading everyday (which will probably lead to a lot more vintage shopping for Miss Moira and Missy #2).

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