“How many seconds until Christmas?” “If the
clock had food on it instead of numbers would we eat time?” “Who is 98 who has
died?” “What is 1 trillion plus 1 trillion?” I love my son’s questions. At
the moment many of them circle around the theme of numbers, age and time.
Together we discovered that the oldest person currently alive is 117, a woman
in Japan. I wonder if she is a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, even
a great, great grandmother?
makes me think about mortality. This is both because right now it feels
important that I stay alive for my growing children, and because the time will
come when it will be important for me to die, to make the space for them to
step into the generational space that I now occupy. Here, for me, is another
link between children and art – they are what we leave behind us. They come out
of us, separate from us and then go on beyond us.
Mothers Who Make is a kind of legacy
project. I mean this both personally – I hope it will continue beyond me – and in
the sense that it is concerned with looking after women as they look after the
things that they will leave behind them, the things they are gifting on, the future
of the world.
I write this there are approximately 1728000 seconds until Christmas and 1382400
seconds until the Mothers Who Make crowdfunding campaign ends. Go here to give
us an early Christmas present that will, I hope, last a long, long time: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mothers-who-make