The 13th Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch

A mother’s love matters. The heart of the family, a mother possesses love that is resilient and unconditional.

That message was conveyed through song, laughter and tears with participants of the 13th Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch. Held virtually on May 8, this year’s theme is “A Mother’s Love Deeply Rooted.”

“Deeply rooted is what love is from a mother’s perspective,” said Jackie Hunt, the founder of the Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch. “That love we have is so deep.”

The event was created to give mothers a space to be able to come enjoy brunch and a program created in celebration of mothers, generation after generation. They paid homage to mothers past and present, especially mothers who lost sons and daughters in unlawful police shootings. In fact, police in the U.S. killed 164 Black people in the first eight months of 2020, according to CBS News.

“Today, we honor mothers who have been homeschool teachers, who have worked virtually from home and still manage the household; and some who are frontline workers (amid the COVID-19 pandemic),” Hunt said.

Hunt is a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor and the founder of FOSTER, an organization dedicated to supporting families and was recently the recipient of the YWCA Madison’s Women of Distinction Leadership Awards and the International Women’s Conference 2021 Trailblazer Award.  

The brunch featured a variety of speakers and performers including Michelle Bozeman and opera singer Prenicia Clifton. Meals will be provided by Issa Snack by Shuga, a comfort food restaurant proprieted by Jacquesha Hunt. Other partners include Palate Pleasures, Ruthie’s and DaVita’s Delights.  

When God Created Woman

Read by Alexandra Gee Lewis

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day. An angel came by and asked, ”Why spend so much time on her?”

The Lord answered, “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?

“She must function in all kinds of situations, cure herself when sick and have the ability to work 18 hours a day.

“She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, have a hug that can heal anything, from a bruised knee to a broken heart, and she must do all this with only two hands.”

The angel was impressed. “Just two hands, impossible! And this is the standard model?”

The Angel came closer and touched the woman. “But you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft,” said the Lord, “but I have made her strong; you can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”

“Can she think?” the Angel asked.

The Lord answered, “Not only can she think; she can also reason and negotiate.”

The Angel touched her cheeks, “Lord, it seems this creation is

leaking. You have put too many burdens on her!”

“She is not leaking, it is a tear,” the Lord corrected the Angel.

“What is it for?” asked the Angel.

The Lord said, “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”

This made a big impression on the Angel. “Lord, you are a genius, you thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvellous!”

The Lord agreed, “Truly she is. She has the strength to amaze a man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love and opinions.

“She smiles when she feels like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when she’s happy and laughs when she’s afraid.

“She fights for what she believes in. Her love is unconditional. Her heart is broken when a loved one dies but she finds the strength to get on with life.”

The Angel asked, “So she is a perfect being?”

The Lord replied: “No. She has just one drawback: She often forgets what she is worth.”