Marie shares her experience of unconditional love, failure and healing as a single mum. From a series of Story of M.O.M. stories collected for our exhibition Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves by Christina Douyon for the Museum of Motherhood.
I am a mom and a dreamer. I have a 24 years old daughter who taught me how to be patient and how to love life.
Throughout the years, her unconditional love has brought me tears of joy, tears of understanding, tears of love and mostly tears of acceptance.
Through her, was born a new person, not only a mom, but also a new human being who has learned to be more understanding and to see the world with new eyes.
Her love has healed my heart. This new mom will forever be thankful to my only daughter, the love of my life.
What has given you the most joy as a mother?
How close we have become throughout the years. When she was younger, we had a mother /daughter relationship. During her formative/adolescent years, she was rebellious, which was expected.
As she has started forming her own character, she is slowly becoming my confidante, my friend, and I am forgiving towards her mistakes and I help her find the right balance in her life.
What’s the most challenging thing about being a mother?
Failure, as a single parent, that has always been my worst fear.
I have the job of both being a father and a mother and balancing our lives and always asking her for understanding.
My motto was, you are Batman and I am Robin, without you, I would not be able to go out there and be strong.
This post was collected by the Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M) in New York, partners in our online and touring exhibition Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves. You can add your own I'm a mum and a... photo here.
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