March is Women’s History Month, a celebration I’m inclined to associate with women who are famous.
But knowing what we do of the women in our families, women don’t have to be famous for their lives to be worthy of recording, celebrating, and learning from.
Let’s not forget women’s history at home.
My mom and I are piecing our family history together.
For some of us there’s more to go on than others. And for most of the women, all we have are names – hers, her husband’s, and her kids.
There are a couple of notable exceptions – my great grandmother, who kept a journal much of her life, and an ancestor who’s in the history books because she came over on the Mayflower.
What I recently realized, though, is that instead of regretting what I don’t know about these women who passed away so long ago, I’d like to use it as inspiration to record the story of a woman who’s right here and who I can ask anything I want – my mother.
She can tell her story and there’s plenty she can tell me about her mother, her grandmother, her great grandmother, her aunts, her cousins, and lots of other women in our family. (Not to mention the parts of my story I don’t remember from when I was a kid.)
Next time I talk to my mom, I’m going to ask her if we can get started on this when she visits in May.
If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll think about doing the same with your own mother, grandmother, or any other woman in your family (or adopted family) whose story you want to know and make sure isn’t forgotten.
Beyond that, I hope you’ll check out this resource I put together for you --
#WomensHistoryMonth: Timeline of the Movement, Who To Follow, Stories To Share. You'll find direct links there to the websites and social media pages of my fave organizations dedicated to women’s history. Links include Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
I also have another post I’m excited about -- How a Buddhist Monk Says We Should Do the Dishes. I’ve tried this a couple of times and, I swear, it helps!
Finally, there’s a new page I hope you’ll check out that is the first of many such pages I’ll be writing as resources on how to do things. The first is this -- Positive Affirmations: The Power Is In the Process. It’s all about how to turn negative thoughts into positive affirmations.
Happy Women’s History Month,
P.S. If you have replied to me via this newsletter before and I haven’t answered back, I am not ignoring you. I’m not certain I’m getting such replies. I asked someone to test it for me with this newsletter today (thanks, Kel), so hopefully I’ll find out soon enough if it’s working. At any rate, here’s my contact info where I can always be reached.