On the cusp of Mother’s Day, co - founder Jemima Aldridge reflects on being a mother to five boys, and what having children taught her of herself.
This is a personal offering. It took some courage to find the time and space to write, to reflect and, most of all, to capture images of myself. But here I am, hoping that in sharing from my heart you, too, will find something that resonates.
This is innately my own memoir of a moment in time. Far from over, this is still in the very process of being lived, over and over again. The journey of motherhood is one that evokes a heart full of unconditional love, mixed with fragility and a sense of fleeting moments.
This is my story. I have borne and laboured over these beautiful boys. Utterly besotted. Many times exhausted. Grounded by faith. Overwhelmed and euphoric. Lost in it all.
To me, motherhood is a particularly emotive pathway of love, of light, of heartbreak, of suffering, of immense wonder, and touches us in ways I never dreamed possible. I feel keenly the beauty and the challenge. There is a personal undoing that happens in the process of becoming a mother. For a time, one’s individuality is intrinsically wrapped up in the mode of nurturing life. There is a time of letting go, of building up again, of wrestling with tiredness and bliss, of euphoria and also pain. Often within the same moment.
There is a personal undoing that happens in the process of becoming a mother ... there is a time of letting go, of building up again, of wrestling with tiredness and bliss, of euphoria and also pain.
Often within the same momen t.
I find lessons to myself r eflected in the eyes of my own child. I feel the inadequacy and tension between idealism and real life. And I hold on to faith. To the present moment handed me. To seeing the world from the eyes of a child but with the perspective of an adult.
I find lessons to myself reflected in the eyes of my own child...
I want to provide my boys the space to grow and explore, to rise and f all, to enjoy work and play. I will feel comfort if each one grows up stronger from mistakes, intrigued by challenges, and forever keeps on learning.
Here you can see a glimpse of my youngest, Kip, giving me a lovely hug. Also making an appearance, our Jack Russell puppy, Oakie, who brings much joy to the family.
I'm wearing a much loved, old design - the original leather Essential Bag, about five years old now and still going strong. Keep an eye out as we prepare to bring this beautifully easy-to-wear design back in coming weeks.
As the sun fell behind the trees, we gathered together as a family. I love this portrait of us all, as I gaze up at Bede, beside my beautiful tribe of boys. We find a moment of presence within the simple joys of nature and providing one another unconditional love.
Words by Jemima Aldridge | Photography by Nat Salloum | Dubbo NSW