Today I am curating the Story of Mum online tour. The idea is, as a curator, you choose something from the Story of Mum Gallery, and contribute something yourself. I chose Legend as an image (above), from the I’m a Mum and a...exhibition, because it jumped out of the gallery at me, it had such power.
As an ex drama teacher, it was partly the facial expression and bold body language I connected to. But also I love the way this woman defines herself. It isn’t easy to find yourself again after having children, a theme that emerges a great deal in the contributions to the gallery. Legend sums it up brilliantly.
And as a writer I can’t help thinking about the word legend, I looked at definitions and, well, don’t they just help to unpick motherhood?
- An unverified story handed down from earlier times
- A body or collection of such stories.
- A romanticized or popularized myth of modern times.
- One that inspires legends or achieves legendary fame
Funnily enough, a legend is also
- An explanatory caption accompanying an illustration.
My own contribution is this presentation below, My Mum Story: ten photos, each with only 20 seconds of commentary to sum up motherhood. My daughter just crept in and tried to watch it and it raised some awkward questions, like ‘Are you glad you had children?’ so I stopped it to explain a bit. We’ll watch the rest when she is older and one day she will understand. Motherhood is about finding your own legend, and my children and their endless creativity are central to that.
Apologies for the clunky nature of this, I can honestly say I’ve spent my life dodging learning how to do powerpoint presentations, until now.
I realised too I have captured something of my own little legacy. An ongoing project I have on this blog about the art of memory and legacy keeping. Preserving my own legends, and those of my family.
I first joined in the story of Mum Project at Britmums, it is an amazing project celebrating what it means to be a mum.
Story of Mum is a community of supportive mamas doing creative stuff to celebrate the ups and downs of motherhood. Join us!
Why? Because getting creative connects us to who we are and what we want. It makes us happier, braver, and we shine brighter together. Sharing our stories reminds us that all mums, including you, are amazing. Especially when we make mistakes.