Happy Mother’s Day from the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 6, 2010
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When I was 15, my mother gave me a beer bottle, a condom and something else, I don’t remember. It was a symbolic gesture, of course, but the power of that gift was memorable. It said, here’s a welcome mat: welcome to Pandora’s Box. Good luck, and I’m with you.

Being a mother, or father for that matter, is among the biggest decisions of many of our lives. You become responsible for the welfare of your little one(s)—and that responsibility changes you instantly, and for the rest of your life. The decision to become a mother, therefore, is among the most powerful we may ever make—and it’s best done with intent, rather than as a result of happenstance:

Via the Center for Reproductive Rights, by way of Feministing:

My Mom is an Inspiration from Center for Reproductive Rights.

Young women from the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in New York City paid a visit to our office, and what they agreed to share with us was nothing less than inspiring.

The words of these young women were an invigorating reminder that young people do care about choice. And it’s not because social networks or movie stars are telling them to. It’s because of strong mothers who taught (and will continue to teach) them how to make the best decisions about their own lives.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Happy Mother’s Day from the Center for Reproductive Rights.”

  1. Janna says:

    Your mom sounds pretty awesome.

    Thank you for posting a great personal story and sharing the Center's video. We appreciate your support 🙂

    Janna Chan
    Manager of Online Networks
    Center for Reproductive Rights