Happy Mother's Day from Anaina Hou!
Mother’s Day is a nuanced day with many layers and not all of them happy. We all had a mother of some sort; we can agree on this much. But from there it gets a little trickier because there are birth mothers, adoptive mothers, surrogate mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, grandmothers who stand in for their daughters (or sons), and sometimes there are dear friends who are closer than our own mothers.
There are women who had hoped to be mothers and could not, there are mothers who have lost a child or children, there are mothers who are… but unintentionally, and there are women who chose not to be mothers because that made sense to them and they did not cave to a stereotyped pressure.