“This year I am feeling really thankful that my children are doing well and my business is flourishing. I work hard but I am grateful to be a woman.”- Maria Serrano is the owner of Maria’s Kitchen on Shelter Island.
“I was determined to have natural childbirth, I wanted to feel all of it. When I was giving birth in the hospital I clearly remember a doctor coming in to have me sign the forms permitting an epidural in case I should I need a cesarean and I said to him – The epidural does not exist. He closed his clipboard looked at me and said – Ok. Good Luck. It was rough but I delivered a nine pound baby and I learned through that experience how mentally strong I am. How emotionally strong my relationship with my husband is and of course how physically strong I am. I wonder sometimes if men are jealous that women go through childbirth and they don’t.” – Corrine Ellingson is the mother of two children and the director of operations at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.
“I considered myself “Mom” first, and anything else was just the celery in the whitefish salad – you know, just filler. Being a Mom was always number one. I’ve learned that I did my job. I wanted my children to be fearless and they are fearless. And now I try to fill my time with interesting things but the bar is set high because they is nothing like having those little kids around – nothing like it.” – Lori Sloan has two grown children and is now spending much of her time exploring photography.