As someone of Eastern European heritage, I hear you.
Thank you for illustrating beautifully just how shallow and ignorant the foundation of identity politics is.
being an eastern european person on the internet in this time and age is so weird bc ppl who lack historical context will call you a colonizer for being white for woke internet points while the people of your country suffer from immense poverty under modern day dictatorships and women and girls get trafficked into sex slavery every day and literally nobody talks or cares abt it. and you’re also not supposed to get mad bc then you’re somehow racist. iam tired. i am tired of our experiences constantly being invalidated because some of you have such shallow black & white understanding of how this world works.
You’re always your mother’s baby, no matter how big you get. And she’s always your mom, your protector, no matter how old she gets. This becomes more true as time goes by. The day you realize this is happening will be one of the most bittersweet of your life.
Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.
Mother and Son by Thomas Sully, American Paintings and Sculpture
Bequest of Francis T. Sully Darley, 1914 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Oil on canvas
Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”