I went to the Museum of Motherhood‘s opening Gala tonight. I went because obviously the subject interests me, personally and professionally. I also went because I wanted to support Joy Rose (founder of Mamapalooza and the Museum of Motherhood, or M.O.M.) who keeps doing really interesting and cool things relating to motherhood and the recognition of motherhood as a job. (“Mother: the Job” is the current exhibit hanging by Alexia Nye Jackson). I had no idea how much I really needed to be there or what it would do for me.
The Museum of Motherhood is a pop up one that Joy has fundraised for in order to open. If it flies between now and December, it will become a more permanent space.
What struck me was how moving it was to be in a room filled with mothers, and men who respect mothers, expressing themselves, through art, music and performance, about the things we’re all going through. I secretly kept choking up, surprised by how much I needed to be here commisserating, laughing and choking up with this group of people. I clearly needed to take the time out to reflect and to feel the weight and the joy and the pressure of the every day job of mothering, and this was a great opportunity to do that.