Dear Friends of NCJW,

On Mother’s Day, l am celebrating ALL women!
When I was a single mother during my two sons’ teenage years, I took every Mother’s Day off. I declared myself on vacation from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm each Mother’s Day. I considered myself on duty all the other 364 days of the year, and my sons were self-sufficient enough that I felt I could take one day off. They are now adults, and they tease me about those Mother’s Days. Most years, I am happy to say that my husband and sons usually plan something to celebrate my daughter-in-law and me on Mother’s Day. I’m happy my grandchildren are seeing this modeled.  

As we were planning what our family will do on Mother’s Day, I began thinking about the definition of “mother.” As I looked at the many definitions online, I noted verbs that describe what mothers do—tend, nurture, raise, care, protect. There are many others.

I’ve been thinking about all women in my life who have done those things for me in the past and those who still do. Thankfully, there are too many to list here. But when making my mental list of “mothers,” I include my mother, my dear sister, women friends younger than me and older than me, teachers, my mother-in-law, my substitute grandmother, my running group, my book club members, professional advisors, supporters who act as my cheerleaders, my mothers’ four sisters, my daughter-in-law, my stepdaughter, the women of NCJW, and my recent cohort group at GWU. I’ve also benefited from women I don’t personally know but who have made a difference in the lives of women. I thank you all!

This Mother’s Day, I hold a sad place in my heart for all the women (and men, too) of Ukraine, as well as all women who have lost children they love. I’m heartened that NCJW GHS overwhelmingly supported the women of Ukraine with our recent Pads and Pons drive.

On a happy note, during the pandemic, I heard about two grandmothers who had started a podcast (with their grandchildren’s help) called, “Call Your Grandmother.” It is a very endearing exchange of conversations between grandmothers and grandchildren. I highly recommend it. 


So, to the women of NCJW—let’s celebrate and thank all the women who have made a difference in our lives. And those who can, call your grandmother—and your mother! If you feel the urge to honor a woman who has made a difference in your life, click here to donate

Men, you’re special too, and I will address your importance in our lives at Father’s Day.
With love,
Jennifer
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