Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?
I am originally from Georgia, but was raised in New Jersey since the age of 2. I went to college in North Carolina and lived there for 13 years. About 2 years ago, we moved to South Carolina.
What languages do you speak?
English and some Spanish
When did you first become a mother?
I was 28, in graduate school and had been married for 5 years. It was a welcomed surprise and I had my baby boy a month after I graduated.
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
Actually, I do both.
Why do you blog/write?
I find it therapeutic to write.
How would you say that you are different from other moms?
I thought long and hard about this one because my answer really depends on who I am being compared to. Then, something popped in my head….Hands Across the Sand. This is essentially a public protest to offshore drilling. At a certain date and time, people gather at the shoreline of the beach and hold hands for a half hour to make a statement. Last year, I brought my children with me and they held hands on the beach with me and over 200 people. We were all upset by what was happening with the oil spill in the gulf and I saw this protest as a way to teach my kids that their voice matters. I want them to know that they can stand up for what is important to them. The beach is a way of life for us, so drilling off our coast is a huge threat on many levels. I knew this was going to be peaceful and after it was over, we would spend the day at the beach, enjoying what we were trying to protect.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
The violence and greed that goes on in our world is disturbing. I know I cannot shelter my kids from everything, but I do my best to model and teach them kindness, understanding and compassion. I want them to be a part of what is good about our world and they are.
How did you find World Moms Blog?
The founder is a friend and when I heard her ideas, I jumped at the chance to be involved.
What do you like best about writing for World Moms Blog?
I find it fascinating to read about the lives of moms across the globe. We all share the common bond of motherhood, yet there are other factors of our lives that are so different. I love learning about the way people do things, why they do them and what their perceptions are on a number of issues and other cultures. I find that it opens my mind to things that I never thought before. Having a blog like this breaks down misconceptions and makes the world more personal.
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA.
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