“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” ―Gail Tsukiyama, Dreaming Water
My mother has always been a beautiful soul, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. She's always stood by me through all life’s storms and bad weather. I can always count on her strength. Always a positive, caring and supportive influence throughout my life, most especially when it comes to art, body modification and body suspension. Where most parents would turn a cold shoulder, find disgust or discouragement towards their children's decisions, my mother revels in it, for the mere simple fact that she knows that I do what I love and it makes me truly happy. For that I'm forever grateful.
She always shares her sincere love and appreciation for the sacred act/art-form of body suspension, the community, and has shown the up most respect and support for all those involved within it. She's even expressed her interest in wanting to attend Suscon to meet our beautiful community and share in our experiences.
A few years back when I worked with Anchors Aweigh Suspension NYC, Havve Fjell of Wings of Desire Oslo, Norway rolled through town for a visit. A bunch of us headed north to New England to visit Emrys, Bella, Leo and our Rites of Passage Suspension Group, Massachusetts family. I had been contemplating a chest suspension for quite some time, however refused to commit unless my mother was present and performed a few Native American blessings. She humbly obliged, made the drive, and it was one of the most powerful and intense, however brief, suspension experiences I have ever had. Our first moment shared together as mother and son in the presence of hook family and hook love.
On September 15th 2015, (my birthday), that time finally came. Aside from the gift of life and undying love and support, my mother gifted me the greatest gift a mother could ever bestow upon her child. That day will forever live on in my heart as one of the proudest, most intensely emotional, mentally demanding, and enlightening moments of my life, and as a body suspension practitioner.
I could think of no purer way to express this moment then to have my mother share her experience with all of you, herself.
'The most precious and strongest love that ne're be shared by anyone, nor ever felt so deep, is one that is truly felt only between a mother and her child. This is a bond that goes deep within the souls of each other. I share this love with my son Jeremy, and the bond we share goes beyond anything that one can ever imagine. This connection of spirits and souls came never so clearer or more truer than the one we shared in the month of Sept. of 2015. I put myself in my sons trusting hands and gave myself to him completely, as he and with the support of 3 of my other wonderful kids, shared an experience that none could imagine. My son helped me achieve my first suspension. He looked in my eyes and I was bathed in his warmth and love. In that moment I felt myself being freed of all negative energy and felt my soul and spirit absorb the loving energy being poured into me. It was beautiful, and as Jeremy gazed deep into my eyes, embracing my soul, holding my hands, I felt so deeply in that moment, in his light, what it is to be beautiful, in and outside of myself. As I felt myself being lifted, he looked at me and I could feel the deepest power of his love embrace my whole being. I thought, how many lives are touched by his warmth, support and love. How many are beautiful in that light and how many can feel this power he pours out from deep within his spirit!?' -Sharon Smart
To an amazing woman who has inspired me to always follow my dreams and stay the course. There is no one more caring, kind and loving in this world than you! Thank you for always being there for me and especially for being my Mother.
Happy Mothers Day Mamacita. I Love You.
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