“In the Country of Motherhood, Finding My Own Path.”

Do you consider yourself a natural born mother or did you feel "totally devoid of any maternal intuition"? No matter how each of us begin our motherhood journey we all have to find our own path.

In the story by Olga Mecking I illustrated for this week's TIES column, she writes: "The Japanese have Kitsungi, a method of repairing broken pottery with gold, making it even more valuable after it has been broken. Some of the parenting books I read told me that I should similarly welcome the shattering of myself, and that I was made better because I was now a mother. I disagreed. I liked myself just as I was before I had children. While other mothers were taking pride in their new broken and repaired forms, I was on my hands and knees, still looking for pieces of myself."