I’ve recently devoured the first season of Amazon’s new series, ” Z: The Beginning of Everything.” I finished the season in one day ,(okay, I admit it, I spent the day bingeing), and was inspired to order the book, authored by Therese Anne Fowler, that the series is based on.
Watching the show’s portrayal of Zelda and F. Scott and their legacy got me wondering; how will I be remembered? What will I be remembered for, will I even have a legacy to be remembered by? I’d like to think my writing will live on in infamy, with my (someday) masterpiece living on forever and inspiring countless readers; old and young, male and female, rich and poor. But what if my masterpiece never comes to be? What will my legacy be then?
Thinking about this, I’ve come to realize that I hope I’m remembered first, (even above my maybe masterpiece), as a wonderfully caring, loving, thoughful, and dedicated mother. While writing is an important factor in my life, nothing has, nor will ever, come before my child. I’ve never known a love like I have for him, and I never will again. In short, nothing can compare to the love, joy, and inspiration that being his mother has brought me, and I hope I have made these feelings abundantly clear each day of my life.
Inarguably, it would be nice to be remembered for being brilliant, generous, thoughtful, beautiful, fun, fearless, and creative. To leave a legacy in the form of a great novel or piece of poetry would be an accomplishment of a lifetime. However, being a mother has been the most wonderful and rewarding accomplishment of my life and I hope I’m remembered for doing this job I so value well.