M3 PT - May 2020

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M3 AND ME

STRENGTH IN MOTHERHOOD THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ME

First and foremost, I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. At the time of writing, the coronavirus outbreak is looking pretty dire, and if you’re like me, you’re probably having to rethink a lot of traditional family events. For instance, I think it’s safe to say that my loved ones and I won’t be going out for our usual Mother’s Day brunch. I know it’s for the best, but it’s sad to have to pass up what has been a very special tradition of ours. My family is very matriarchal, defined by three generations of mothers. That’s why I’ve gone out with my sister, my mother, and our 99-year- old grandmother every year to have a celebratory brunch. It’s our chance to put our feet up and not have to cook anything! Maybe some of the men in the family can step up this year. And while we may not be able to spend time with our grandmother, this year puts a special emphasis on her legacy. My grandmother has always been the backbone of our family. She’s one of the most resilient people I’ve ever met, and she’s no stranger to adversity. As a Japanese American born in LA, my grandmother endured one of our nation’s darkest moments. She and her family were

taken from their home and thrown into an internment camp after the United States entered World War II — despite the fact she’d never even set foot on Japanese soil. Nevertheless, my grandmother refused to let the dehumanizing conditions of the camp define her, and she went on to raise a family with compassion and grace. When times are tough, I often look to the example she’s set.

Now that I’m a mother myself, I’ve come to appreciate my mother and grandmother even more. Having a child seems to flip a switch in your brain that doesn’t turn off — your children fill you with an intense motivation to protect and care for them. I’d often heard this, but I was still surprised at the depth of this maternal instinct. While I strive to always be there for my daughters, my mother and grandmother have been invaluable. They set a wonderful example of how to raise a family, and I’m proud to walk in their footsteps. Being a parent in uncertain times is incredibly difficult. But I draw strength from the incredible women who raised me and the love I have for my daughters. To all the mothers out there, you are powerful beyond measure. Let’s shape a brighter future for our families.

“AS A JAPANESE AMERICAN BORN IN LA, MY GRANDMOTHER ENDURED ONE OF OUR NATION’S DARKEST MOMENTS.”

Of course, my mother is inspiring in her own right. As a schoolteacher, she’s always been strong, smart, and great with kids. She’s definitely better at helping my girls with their homework than I am! Sadly, I only had her as a teacher once while I was in school when she was brought in as a substitute teacher. It was a special moment, but I’ll admit I felt a little jealous to have to share time with my mother with the rest of the class.

Happy Mother’s Day,

–Mariko Edwards

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