“Welcome to Artifact Motherhood.”
A collaboration of artists from around the world who have come together to share our stories of the joys and struggles in our journeys. Through our writings and photographs, we want to create memories that are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artefacts we are leaving behind for our children and for generations to come.
At the end of this article, you will find a link to another mama’s blog and her take on motherhood this month. You will be able to follow the blog loop until you get back to me.
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L O C K D O W N
At the time that I write this post, it’s day 28 of lockdown in France. I think ? I am on day 5 of burning chest, headaches of doom, and shortness of breath. Most of these 5 days have been spent in bed. According to the online consultation with my physician, I present a mild form of Covid-19. The mild form still sucks. We have also had a broken arm, a sprained ankle, 5 hospital visits, and I have experienced a mix of feelings on a daily basis for different reasons. Some from the past, some from the right now. I find it a bit difficult to put it all down, I feel like I need some time.
We have done some learning at home, yes, but mainly through free play, and games and art and baking and reading, scavenger hunts, apps on the Ipad and listening to audio books. It’s definitely not been on a regular basis, but hey, the girls are happy. They are also sources of joy, empathy, resilience and patience. Two birthdays were celebrated via videos and we have fully appreciated having a garden, and lovely weather. We have laughed a lot, we have slept in, we have spent days in pjs. Nature has looked more beautiful than ever, and the sea has never been so calm, looking peaceful in its own rhythm, unspoiled.
C H A N G E
In a timely way, during my current read, this made me pause :
“And then I remember : the sea moves. it shifts constantly, changes: it is never the same thing for more than one moment. And this is what the land tries to make us forget. The land makes us think we are fixed, that all happens to us is all we will ever be, that we are in control of our lives. It makes us believe that if you stay in one fixed place, you can be in charge of it all, you can be safe. But it is a lie, utterly.” – POORNA BELL.
LOOKING FOR L I G H T
I started my yearly light project, joined by 200 + photographers for the first time. It is an exciting project for me and one that seems to be bringing joy, pleasure and creativity to many in this time of uncertainty and worry. Looking for light whilst being ill keeps me going.
I try to look at all of this with the eyes of the woman who has had to adapt and create in the many years of living abroad, in different countries, cultures and jobs. Something tells me that I have what it takes to make it work. I think adapting and creativity are two of my best skills and I shall endeavour to continue to make good use of these, come what may. In the meantime, I’ll just rest.
For everyone stumbling upon this post, I wish you health both in body and mind during these extra-ordinary times.
Diana Hagues, one of the founders of this beautiful community, is the next artist in the loop. Please do go, read and discover her images and beautiful video.