Happy Mother’s Day to all who Mother
This post is really about parenting, and not just mothering, but it felt like an appropriate day to write these thoughts. The other night at Hiho Batik we hosted an allergy awareness event that featured a reading by Susan Weissman, parent, advocate, and author of the inspiring memoir Feeding Eden, and Heidi Bayer, aka Brooklyn Allergy Mom and Board Member of Kids With Food Allergies. Most of the attendees there were parents and the majority were mothers. While Susan and Heidi have slightly older children, a number of the people there had younger kids and were just beginning the journey towards getting a better understanding of what role allergies would play in their lives.
I’ve been reflecting on the discussion that took place because one thing that kept coming up was how much we as mothers (and fathers too) take on emotionally as we watch our children struggle with different things. The biggest take away for me that night was that once you become a parent, you really do become a member of a certain club and it’s so important that we be supportive of each other. We must check our judgements at the door because while not all of us deal with kids & allergies, I’m guessing we all deal with something that is unique to our child and therefore, can impact our mood and day.
When Hiho Batik opened we really wanted it to serve as a community space where people could connect. We envisioned parents doing projects with their kids, friends catching up with friends, strangers interacting with their neighbors, new moms gathering, kids birthday parties, and a million other combinations of people getting together in a cheerful and fun place. The other night really gave me the feeling of being part of something special and I can’t thank everyone enough for coming.
And…if you are looking for some great resources related to allergy awareness and dietary restrictions, I strongly recommend checking out the following: