Monday, February 22, 2010

Mother Tree Project - Day 5

By coincidence, someone came and crocheted with me who I spent a weekend with 10 years ago, when the seeds of this project were planted. We took our 3-1/2 month old son, Willam to Opal Creek for the weekend, and it snowed and snowed, so much that we couldn't get our car out after we'd walked 3-1/2 miles to get to it the last evening. Luckily, there were other people leaving the parking lot and I hitched a ride home with the baby. Ted and the others slogged back to the cabin, stayed overnight and were able to dig the car out the next morning. Now that there are more roots on the sculpture, people are beginning to see it in a different light and ask about the meaning (not so many wedding dress comments).

The Mother Tree serves as a symbol of the vulnerability, strength and sense of community I feel as a mother: vulnerable as a mother learning how to do something with great responsibility for the first time; strong in the knowledge that we mothers can provide our children with everything they need; and in community knowing that mothers before me have nurtured their children and mothers after me will continue to do so.

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