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Tell Her - A Mother's Day Poem

I have the chance so I'll tell you.
You showed me what courage is. Courage to rise up and say "I deserve better."
You taught me that no is just as an acceptable answer as yes.
You urged me to question, to trust my instincts.
You chose to say you admired me instead of saying you were proud.
You explained that art, like life, should be messy, and that recipes are just guidelines.
You told me to appreciate the beauty of clouds and how soothing a visit to the ocean can be.
You taught me that it's ok to cry, even when leaving birthday messages.

You pleaded with me to be kind to myself,
To recognize that I have support and ask for what I need.
You taught me to justify new pieces of jewelry in life's big transitions.
If that wasn't sufficient, you watched me board planes to far off countries.
You insisted that rye and gingers are mandatory for flying.

You showed me how to make a home and assure that people feel welcome in it.
You taught me that expecting company is the greatest inspiration to clean.
You explained that walls are for painting (or wallpapering),
Lighting is everything, and thrift stores are full of antiques to fill spaces.
And when necessary, it is possible to create your own family.

Above all, you taught me how fierce a mother's love can be,
And that being a woman is something to be proud of.

Rochelle teaches best what she needs to learn most. She is privileged to encourage her students at YYoga to craft greater awareness of the intelligence of the body, the support of the breath, and the connection of self to spirit.

She has great appreciation for her family, belly laughs, snacking in the tub, outdoor adventures, and cheeky animals. Rochelle lives in North Vancouver with her partner Nathan, daughter Ophelia, and Transformer the cat.
May 08, 2015 by Ashley Wray

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