RAISING THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD

Author Christina Visconti / Published: Apr-20-2021

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To be honest, I don't plan to have my own children. Not because I think it would be unrewarding, or because I dislike kids (I enjoy spending time with them and can be found acting like one often), but because I have seen first hand through the women in my life that being a mother is the most difficult and important job in the world.

Raising the future of our world is a large undertaking and not one to be viewed lightly. To me, a mother's job is to guide their child through life, both good times and bad. Teaching by telling stories, setting examples, and simply being there for their children when they are needed. It is a selfless job, but more importantly, a collaborative one that doesn't need to be shouldered alone. The women in my life who helped raise me all taught me different lessons in their own unique ways.

My Mother, a single-mother in the full-time workforce, who taught me to take pride in my work and do everything to the best of my ability. My Aunt, a warm and feminine matriarch, who showered us with hugs and kisses, giving us unexpected little gifts any day of the week just to say "I love you". Even my older cousins, strong and independent creatives, who showed me that it's okay to be myself, even if it doesn't fit into everyone else's idea of what's normal.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. While I was growing up, my village was made of relatives, friends, neighbors and community members. I like to think that I'm part of my own little village now, helping to mother the offspring of my friends and family, both now and those to come in the future. I can see myself following in the footsteps of my Aunt, showing up to the party with snacks and toys in tow to delight my friends' children, and maybe distracting them with a rousing game of tag in the yard so their Moms can have a cup of tea, a few moments of peace and quiet in the seemingly never-ending workweek of Motherhood.

Raising the future of our world is a large undertaking and not one to be viewed lightly.

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