Mother’s Day 2022 Reflections

And through it all, I’ve recognized and witnessed the remarkable resilience, fortitude, tough-as-nails tenacity and grit (not to mention humor, grace and humility) of innumerable Women.

Nowadays, I wear a bracelet made of fishing net on my wrist. It was gifted to me by my pal Donnett, who I met in Liberia in 2012. He was living in Robertsport, a world-class surf destination, where I met him on my weekend surfing expedition. He had just come from years of living in a refugee camp due to the Liberian civil war. He was most the most earnest, enterprising and kind-hearted kid I’d ever met. And after watching me on a beach in the early morning taking selfies, he sheepishly offered to help. Then he took me to meet his friends, taught me how to surf, and gifted me with these colorful fishnet bracelets he or his friends had made. My youngest bro has the other one, and I watch him wear it proudly as well.

The bracelet is a constant reminder to me (not that I need it) of my privilege to be a mother to two healthy girls, living in the USA. I will never NOT remember that.

I can’t remember what Donnett told me about his bio mom, but I do know that at the time, he was calling an American woman who had been remarkably helpful to him, his Mom.

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Angie Lee

Angie Lee

Lover of life (and living it), full of wonder, amusement and curiosity, fun and functional