Yesterday, my newest grand-daughter Ava Violet was 4 weeks old. To me, she is so affectionately known as Diva clutch your pearls, number 5. I love the way she smells!
When I think about how transformative it was to have a child, especially for the very first time, I could not have imagined having grandchildren. Too far in the distant future, I didn’t have a sense of the line of women before me; the women who would come after me. I do now. It makes me cry with such gratitude.
Amazing, miraculous that I am the one left still standing among the women who thought of me, prayed for me, imagined I would be coming along and that things would be better for me. Do you know your maternal lineage? Can you name the names of the 5 women who preceded you? Mother’s mother, her mother, and her mother, and her mother. Women yet unborn, names you don’t yet know. Connected to them for one year, 365 days, would it make it easier to have one more day with her.
More powerful, more lovely, more mystical is your love for your little one.
Do you feel the love of someone who loved you like that?
Imagine holding your baby!
Imagine being held in your grandmother’s loving arms!
Tell your story, mention her name, write their names down, tell your daughters, honor your mother
* direct maternal lineage is the line that follows your mother’s maternal ancestry. This line consists entirely of women, even though both men and women have their mother’s mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). This means that fathers do not pass on their mtDNA to their children. Your mtDNA can trace your mother, her mother, her mother’s mother, and so forth and offers a clear path from you to a known or likely direct maternal ancestor.