In May of 2019, the Washington Post published an article in which they asked mothers to define “motherhood.” One of my favorite responses was by Malinda Ruzicka Carlson. She says:
“Motherhood is like that one dream you had when you were 16 where you have this big test at school in history. You study for weeks about the American Revolution, but when you get to your chair you find out that the test was actually in math. So now you’re stuck trying to figure out the square root of an elephant multiplied by the weight of a neutron star and it isn’t until after the test is over that you find out the answer was Purple.”
The point is that motherhood is not an easy thing. Then, you mix it with a pandemic, and it becomes even harder. This is a documentation of four mothers, Kait, Arika, Maria, and Cait, and their experiences with raising children during these challenging times.
“As a parent, you have to weigh how much you expose your children and how much you shelter them. With the pandemic, my husband and I chose to downplay the situation as much as possible to not frighten our kids.”