So many of us watched all the “Royal Baby Craze” on television. It is so easy to get wrapped up in pop culture news. While this particular baby will one day be written in history books, it begs so many questions in my mind:
Why is any other baby on Earth less anticipated than a famous one?
Why is any other baby celebrated in a less grand manner?
Why do we assume that famous mothers will be good ones?
“Seeing the girls’ faces when they are showered with love and gifts at a baby shower, or being able to go on a new outing because we were able to raise money to create a ‘Fun Fund,’ or the simple joy of a new resident because we have the funds to bring her in and serve her needs,” is what drives Project Home Indy’s own, Lori Olson, Event and Nutrition Coordinator.
She explains that she loves a good party – but loves it that much more when she gets to plan it!
At PHI, we believe each of “our girls” deserves celebrations, love, and gifts – from basic to lavish.
Whatever we can give, it is given.
Whatever is available, is passed on to them.
“Being a mom matters. I believe the gals who live here at PHI, have just as much potential for being a good mom as everyone else,” said Lori.
“One of the best moments was when I worked alongside one of our residents to make a beef stew from scratch. She had a craving for it, but no recipe. We looked up several recipes online and found one she liked. We had everything on-hand, and I taught her how to shave the carrots and potatoes, cut the stewing beef and veggies, and then follow all the rest of the directions step-by-step. As it simmered or hours, everyone that came in the house marveled at how good it smelled, and eventually, how good it tasted when it was dinner time. This momma-to-be was so proud of herself, I think she stood up 2 inches taller,” Lori shared.
The small army of women that rally around our residents, do so because we know that good mothers don’t just happen. Being a good mother is a learned experience. We need models and ideas and information even form a definition of what a “good mother” is and is not.
The residents at PHI know that each day, they have at least one person who will offer nothing but help, understanding, and encouragement, while they’re learning what could be the biggest lesson of their lives.
Lori recently said she hopes the girls learn from her, “That life, as well as parenting, is a process – not an event. But in both, you need to take the time to practice patience, and kindness and a little planning.”
With staff who hold themselves to personal work goals so large to model from, how could our residents become anything less than good mothers, deserving of love, full of compassion, and ready to take on the world?
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