Mothers Day

I must be very special because both Josh and Emily got up early on a Sunday morning to make me breakfast.  They usually get up around noon.  I am seriously honored. 

Eggs, cinnamon banana pancakes with whole wheat flour, turkey bacon and a fruit salad.  Very nice. 

I want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom's out there who continue to read my blog and have become part of this community.  Growing up my Father always pooh-poohed these holidays as ridiculous Hallmark events.  I have to say, I kind of like the one day a year (outside of the bday) that celebrate being a Mom. 

Having children and being a mother is reflective on many levels.  It makes me think about the relationship I had with my mother and what I have done differently.  I think about the impact that I have made on our children and how that will affect their lives.  Each child and the relationship that I have with them and how completely different each of them are. Each unique individuals.

Being a Mom is not an easy job.  Nobody really prepares you for what to expect.  The emotions, the decisions, the lines to draw, the challenges at every level and most important how to balance the life of being a Mom and the life of being your own person.  You give a huge part of yourself away when kids come into the game.  As Bridget commented on my post this week, Still Ceo of the Wilson Household, the idea that your decision to stay home full time with your kids for years is the crown jewel of the Wilson investment portfolio has been floating around my head for days. 

Being a mother is certainly one of the most rewarding yet difficult jobs that anyone has ever signed up for.  As technology becomes a bigger part of our lives, I firmly believe that the balance between motherhood and identity will become easier.  When dishwashers, laundry machines and dryers became household products, the game changed for women.  The Internet is not only changing the way for women in terms of communication (social media) but ecommerce has made our lives easier and the opportunity to continue to work in a virtual world is better for us, for the family and it engages men to be a bigger part of the family life too. 

I love being a Mom and all the years that I spent focused on them and not me was worth every penny. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. daryn

    Happy Mother’s Day, Joanne.I made breakfast-in-bed (at 6:30, which is as late as a 2 year old allows), and then we heading over for a sneak peak walkthrough of Dave S’s restaurant!Hope you have a great day.

    1. Gotham Gal

      love dave!

  2. Ann Walsh

    I could eat that breakfast now, did Emily and Josh cook that for you? Lucky you! Happy mother’s Day!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Emily did. Josh gets to cook dinner.

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  4. Bb

    How appropriate that I get to catch up with you on the iPad, while enjoying a pedicure before hopping onto fresh direct to load up the fridge for the week…thank you technology. Happy day, xox.

    1. Gotham Gal

      That is pretty much what my day has been too. Enjoy the day

  5. Tereza

    Motherhood is the #1 job. And while focusing on the kids I’m guessing you’ve been a powerhouse in your and their community — the boards, the fundraisers, the sports, the art shows. And every day as a mom is packed with tough ‘personnel’ calls, with your kids, with their friends, with teachers and other moms. It is at least as complicated as the startup landscape.I think any woman who may not have been tough before gets 100x tougher the second she’s responsible for a child (or a brood).And our networks expand in different and special ways. Couples you become friends with through your kids friends. That’s a special bond.I don’t really, financially, have a choice but to work. And I shifted down for a few years, now am definitely shifted up. We’ll see how this changes over time.At the same time, I’m a creator, not an in-the-box type. Those hours away from the kids have to be on something meaningful. If they’re not, I can’t justify it. I make things hard.Being an entrepreneur in this environment is a tricky complement to being a mom. But someone needs to bring our needs to life. I’m so tired of having my needs retrofitted to someone else’s solution. I love what potential tech brings to all dimensions of life, especially motherhood. I want to make more of that.Happy happy!

    1. Gotham Gal

      tech is changing our world…and will change it more for the next generationof Mom’s who aren’t even thinking about motherhood yet.

      1. Tereza


  6. Innocenti Paola

    Actually your breakfast would look an insult down here in Italy :-)Very interesting how different culture express feelings in different ways.I got a french croissant, schiacciata and an excellent cappuccino with tea light candle.What stand behind appearance remain the same.Whish you all moms spent a fantastic day filled with love!

    1. Gotham Gal

      i would have loved a ticket to italy for all of us to have breakfast!

      1. Innocenti Paola

        and me to NY! I actually love english style breakfast and they keep bringing me croissant 🙁 mom swapping could be a fun thing to do!

  7. Sunchowder

    Loved this post! Happy Mother’s Day to you too 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks wendy

  8. Debbie Stier

    Great line: “the idea that your decision to stay home full time with your kids for years is the crown jewel of the Wilson investment portfolio”And could have written this one myself: “Being a mother is certainly one of the most rewarding yet difficult jobs that anyone has ever signed up for.”I was sick last night/today and both of my children took care of me just like I have taken care of them over the years. Very sweet (and rewarding). Now they are both sick with the same thing I have/had, I’m back to taking care.I feel so blessed to be able to work from home now. LOVE IT.