Aging Expectations

Follow Your Heart

This Mother’s Day, I’m working with Clever Girls in support of Macy’s Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the “trade, not aid” program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.

My mother was not the mother I thought I wanted.

She didn’t have an exciting job. She didn’t wear fabulous clothes. She couldn’t show me how to wear make-up (because she never wore any). She couldn’t help me with my homework. She would never let me win at card games. She wasn’t at all responsible with money. She didn’t learn to drive until I was 12 years old. She never had good advice when it came to boyfriends. She never had good advice when it came to girlfriends, either. She didn’t have beautiful hair, in fact, she always wore her hair up in a ponytail – always. She didn’t know how to whisper. She couldn’t sing on key but would still sing as loud as she could whenever possible.

Nope, not the mother I imagined in my fairytale life.

But, she loved me.

She loved me like nobody else has or ever will. She loved me no matter what I did or said. She loved me with good grades and bad. She loved me when I was dorky and popular. She loved me when I looked ugly and pretty. She loved me when I was happy and sad. She loved me even when I was mean to her.

My mother was a special gift to me. She showed me what love is. She showed me how to love. She showed (really showed me) me what unconditional love is.

It’s something not many people truly get to experience. And for that, for that alone – I am so thankful she was my mother!

I aspire to share that same love with my own family.

Thank you to Macy’s Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti? Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.

Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood.

Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com.

13 comments

  1. Hi,
    I love how honest this is. Mother’s aren’t perfect and it’s sometimes it’s hard to remember they are human and make mistakes. Thanks for sharing and for supporting Heart of Haiti. I love working with Heart of Haiti, the way we purchase can truly make a difference.

      1. LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your story about your Mom, Ronnie! And how nice to learn about the HoH program. Happy early Mother’s Day!

  2. How special to know that about your mom, and to have a glimpse of that special kind of love.. A clue to why you’re who you are…happy mother’s day, Ronnie.

  3. Your heartfelt and genuine writing about your Mom is so touching. Insight such as this only comes with time and maturity. She would be so proud of you, Ronnie. Thanks for opening your heart to us with your writing…PEP

  4. Your heartfelt and genuine writing about your Mom is so touching. Insight such as this only comes with time and maturity. She would be so proud of you, Ronnie. Thanks for opening your heart to us with your writing…PEP

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