Catherine Connors is a mother, writer and recovering academic who traded the lecture hall for the playroom and discovered that university students and preschoolers have much the same attention span. She still dips her toes into academic waters by writing the occasional scholarly article about the place of motherhood in Western philosophy, but mostly now she changes diapers and wipes noses and indulges in long reflections on whether Yo Gabba Gabba is a harbinger of the decline of western civilization. Oh, and she blogs: in addition to Bad Mother blogging at BeliefNet, she is, among other things, the author of HerBadMother.com, Managing Editor of MamaPop, moderator of Her Bad Mother’s Basement, co-founder and co-editor of WeCovet, Contributing Editor at BlogHer, and (deep breath) founder of and contributor to Canada Moms Blog. And in her spare time… oh, wait. She doesn’t have spare time. But she’s okay with that.
I was in Houston this weekend, having an extraordinary time with a community of extraordinary women and generally feeling extraordinary, and I’m not sure that I have the words to capture the extraordinariness of it all, in part because I am exhausted (having come home to a very sick little boy who frightened me very badly), but mostly because I am overwhelmed to the point of speechlessness by the extraordinariness that extends far out and beyond the weekend, because it is the extraordinariness of us, we mothers, we writers, we artists, we entrepreneurs, we activists, we friends.
So I’ll let someone else’s words and images do it for me. Be prepared to cry.
That work of art was compiled and textually woven and narrated by the incomparable Katherine Center, in celebration of the Mom 2.0 weekend, which itself is a work of art conceived and developed by the quadruply incomparable Kirtsy ladies (Laura and Laurie and Gabrielle and Gwen), who created that work of art by bringing together and curating the work and art of our extraordinary community.
I am honored to be a part of it. Honored beyond words.