In an inspirational celebration of Mother’s Day, Miles McPherson, lead pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, California, presented a kaleidoscope of motherhood through the stories of seven mothers in his life on Sunday.
Among them was his 79-year-old mother, Margaret “Gigi” McPherson, who looked a lot like the quintessential supermom after talking about her life as a mother beginning in the 1960s.
“I had five C-sections in seven years. So they were all very close,” she said of McPherson and his siblings.
“When they were in elementary school a typical day would be getting them out of bed … making breakfast, making lunch, taking them to school, going to work for four or five hours ’cause I was a nurse and I worked between all of them. And picking them up from school. Getting them ready for football practice. After I took them there, made dinner and picked them up again from practice. Had dinner, did homework, went to bed and start all over again the next day. And we only had one bathroom,” she said.
She then shared a bit of her background as the product of an interracial marriage between two Jamaican immigrant parents who met in New York City.
“My parents were both born in the British West Indies. And my mom is white, my dad is black. When my mom became a young lady her family decided to send her to New York so she wouldn’t marry one of the Jamaican fellows. But she came to New York and she found one anyway. And they got married in 1935,” she said.
Her mother’s family, she explained, did not approve of the relationship with her father so they were cut off from them.
“My mom’s family didn’t want anything to do with us so I knew nothing about her family. So I would encourage grandparents to share your stories with your grandchildren and let them know about the extended family that they have. It would do a lot for their self-esteem,” she said.
McPherson’s mother also encouraged parents to listen to their children.