Mother's Day

It’s mother’s day and I find myself thinking about my girls, who are not mothers at this time in their lives. And yet they both have been working on projects involving motherhood this spring.

Emily wrote her bachelors thesis on the challenges of balancing motherhood and careers. She called it “Life Sequencing: A Viable Solution To Work-Life Conflict For High-Achieving Women” and it was a thorough investigation of the challenges of balancing work life issues and some possible answers.

Jessica has been making an Oculus Rift based immersive experience for an art show called Dear Mama where young artists are showing work  “in honor of Mother/s, mothering, motherhood: incl. all the shapes that role may take.”

Each, in their own way, are honoring their mother with their work and it is very satisfying for me to see that. Joanne is many things, but first and foremost she is a wonderful wife and mother, and it pleases me to no end to see her fine work reflected in our girls.

I’m also fortunate to have a loving mother of my own. I plan to call her this morning, then head to brunch with Joanne and Jessica, then to Jessica’s show to bask in art about motherhood.

Happy mother’s day everyone.

#life lessons

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Off to see mom in a bit.She is entering the twighlight of life and I feel less sadness and more satisfaction at how lucky i was to have had such amazing parents and in retrospect, a very happy childhood.

  2. JimHirshfield

    Here’s to motherhood. Cheers!

  3. Tom Labus

    Family day here with everybody home. Good day ahead. A couple of good lookin; trout for the grill. Enjoy your day!!

  4. William Mougayar

    On this day, I always reflect on the fact that Mother’s Day had an interesting history and is celebrated on different days across the world. Something to ponder about.

  5. Dana Ardi

    A lovely tribute to the wonderful women in your life Fred!

    1. fredwilson

      thanks Dana

  6. JamesHRH

    No flowers?Kids and I just served up wild NB blueberry pancakes to my lovely wife.My Mom – 92 & still going strong – better have gotten flowers yesterday (smaller center, no Sunday delivery). Will find out when I call her later.Happy Mother’s Day!

  7. Matt A. Myers

    Love that thesis title.

  8. Richard

    In many ways I can see the Apple Watch being the life style tool for the elderly. Anyone’s Mom wear one? 40 and counting steps seems superfluous, 80 and counting steps seems like a really smart thing to do.

      1. Richard

        Right on!!

  9. Kirsten Lambertsen

    If y’all haven’t already, you should check out Fred’s delightful Mother’s Day gift to the Gotham Gal

    1. Anthony Ortiz

      Another amazing, heartfelt post and super cool gift!I’ve done flowers, I’ve done perfume. This time around, I’m getting my mom a SmartPlate: mother’s day!

    2. fredwilson

      I met the Etsy sellers who made them at Etsy’s IPO celebration at the NASDAQ in Times Square

      1. BillMcNeely

        Gifts don’t have to be expensive just thoughtful.Gift giving is a skill.

    3. Donna Brewington White

      Thanks for highlighting, Kirsten. Happy belated Mother’s Day!Quite perfect Fred.

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  11. Nidhi M

    Great thing about your blog is, you keep it short and crisp 🙂 Happy mothers day !

  12. Twain Twain

    My Mama and I went to Imperial College’s Science Festival where we saw lots of mothers getting their kids into science.The most wonderful example was this little Asian girl who learnt to code for the first time.The delight on her face when she got the lights on the Arduino kit working!The Imperial student was amazing and super-patient with her.Happy Mother’s Day to all the fantastic women out there and the kids lucky to have fantastic mothers!

  13. pointsnfigures

    Hope you had a great Mother’s Day.

  14. Donna Brewington White

    It says a lot about both you and Joanne that your girls have such appreciation for motherhood.

  15. Vickie Gibbs

    I love Emily’s thesis title as well! I one of the co-founders of SoarTriangle (, and our mission is around preparing female entrepreneurs for success. We would be interested in hearing more about her thesis and the research that she did if she would be willing to share that info. Thanks!And I hope all the hard working ladies out there had a very Happy Mother’s Day!