Episode #23: Mothers, part I - Mums at Work

Image credits (CW): women lumberjacks during WWII; Elizabeth Warren with her daughter; Stuart Hall with his daughter (photo by Sally Fraser); Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford with their daughter; logo by @3Dperson;    Waiting by Emma

Image credits (CW): women lumberjacks during WWII; Elizabeth Warren with her daughter; Stuart Hall with his daughter (photo by Sally Fraser); Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford with their daughter; logo by @3Dperson; Waiting by Emma

Emma and Charlotte discuss working motherhood, mums at work, and why we really should be able to have it all.

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Not having spoken for years now,
I know you claim exile from my consciousness.
Yet I wear mourning whole nights through
for that embrace that warmed my ignorant lust
even past intimacies you had dreamed.
(…)
You’re older than I thought. But so am I,
and grateful that we’ve come to this:
a ragged truce, an affirmation in me
that your strength, your pushiness, your sharp love,
your embroidery of lies—all, all were survival tools,
as when, during our personal diaspora, you stood
in some far country blocks away,
burning poems I no longer sent you
like Yahrzeit candles in my name, unsure of me at last
who sought a birthright elsewhere,
beyond the oasis of your curse,
even beyond that last mirage, your blessing.
Mother, in ways neither of us can ever understand,
I have come home.

Read the whole poem here.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Charlotte recommends Fleabag, which is available on the BBC iPlayer in the UK;

  • Emma recommends Mum, which is also on the BBC iPlayer.

THE NEXT EPISODE…

…will be the first in a two-part series on British foreign policy. The second part of our motherhood series will be available as episode #25 in a few weeks’ time.

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