“During these uncertain times, many of us are struggling to find ways of honoring the traditions we’ve come to treasure. This year, Mother’s Day will be different for almost everyone. Dinners and brunches with expanded family are probably canceled, and many are wondering what they can do to support mothers in our community. Some of the activities I usually enjoy doing, like attending Mother’s Day church service or even checking in on mothers in my community and dropping by with cards or small gifts are hard to do now because we are all staying indoors to help curb the spread of the highly infectious and deadly COVID-19.
So, I thought of an idea. As we approach Mother’s Day weekend, I want to give the gift of a little free time to moms. Many mothers have been thrust immediately into full-time homeschooling for youngsters, while managing their other household duties or possibly even working from home. I think they could use a break.
I want to reach out to a broad network of women in the Baltimore region and beyond to honor their hard work as mothers. On Friday, May 8, I’m going to host a 60-minute story time session for children aged 5-11. This will take place via Zoom at 2:00 p.m.
Virtual story time with me will give mothers a few minutes to themselves, and it will also allow me to spend some virtual quality time with young people.
If you are a mother, or know someone who is (or who is a primary caregiver), please share this information. Here are the details…
To register for children for an interactive Zoom session (password = 231769) : CLICK HERE
To watch on Facebook: CLICK HERE
The goals are simple:
- Give moms (or dads or other caregivers) an hour of free time to unwind, work uninterrupted or do whatever they need to do.
- Provide young folks with an activity that is fun, interactive and educational.
- Build community among the circle of sisters in the Baltimore region who are mothers and juggling added responsibilities.
Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic we want to honor all mothers. For those who are fortunate to be able to work from home, it is challenging to juggle teleworking with homeschooling. For others who are front-line workers and must still report for duty, childcare may be falling to family and friends who are also feeling overwhelmed. And still others may have lost employment while managing the added pressure of full-time childcare and home-based learning.
For moms who are working outside the home performing essential duties in healthcare, delivery services, law enforcement and the food industry, we appreciate your service and the sacrifices you are making.
Particularly now, when we are confined to our homes and feeling disconnected from our regular routines and our extended network, it means a lot to feel part of a community. That’s why I want to support the working mothers in my community of sisters. Together, we are part of a larger sisterhood of women caring for ourselves and our families while staying strong in the face of our own fears and uncertainty.”
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is running in Maryland’s Democratic primary on June 2, 2020. She is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 7th District.