In Honor of Mothers

Mary Keeley

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In anticipation of Mother’s Day this weekend, I’ve been thinking about all kinds of mothers and those who may not be mothers officially but who are filling that role in some way. Today’s post is in honor of mothers who are writers as well as those filling a motherly role to support them.

You writer moms are amazing. You take care of the needs of each person in your family and perhaps also have a job outside the home. Yet you have the desire, energy, and brainpower to write books, with all that entails, in your free moments. That personifies passion and inspiration.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:26-27).

Family, friends, and your agent who support you are your immediate reward.

Speaking of family and friends, some of these are mothers too. They have their own families of various make-ups to care for. These women deserve to be honored for their supportive role in your writing life. They put their own responsibilities aside to read your drafts and offer feedback. Or care for your children so you can have blocks of time to meet a writing deadline. One of them may be your mentor, a role that is close to a mother’s role in some ways. Without the help of these mother types, your writing career would be moving at a snail’s pace.

And then there are grandmother writers. Your family has multiplied, which means you have more loved ones to nurture relationships with while also feeding your writing career. You are to be honored for the legacy of example and written word that you will leave for them.

Here’s to you writer moms of all varieties and ages. We applaud you and thank you for your contribution to family, Christian publishing, and society.

What writer moms or supportive “moms” have I missed? How have you helped another writer mom? How have others helped you so that you can pursue your writing career? What kind of legacy to do want to leave for your families?


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