“From the inception of my Motherhood, I was bitten by the bug of perfection. Sure that I could find the right way to do everything, I read books and researched various publications, eventually turning to online forums in my desire to winnow the infinite ways to raise
a perfectly balanced, emotionally secure, and physically healthy child. Little did I know the wormhole I had entered. Online forums, as it turns out, are not the safest place to share your fears and imperfections. Yet in an age where relationships are maintained electronically, reaching out for support can be difficult. More and more, the only aspects of our child-filled lives that we feel safe sharing are those that reflect our successes. But a photo that for one parent is a celebration of success can be received by another parent as an indictment of their own insufficiencies. I believe it is more important than ever to connect with
actual, flawed people. These people are not found on the internet but in the real spaces of our neighborhoods and our homes. I am fortunate to live in a community of parents who, like me, are also graduate students. Our common desperation to meet the needs of our families while excelling at school helps us to be open about things like finding half-eaten apples in all corners of the house, yelling more than we’d like, and turning on the Television Babysitter a bit too often. These relationships help me to navigate the guilt.” - Noël Ash
Exhibit is on display at the Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing in Enroth Hall. Parking is available in the University Hospital ramp for a fee. Please call 608-263-5200 before visiting to check building hours.