I spend a lot of time contemplating the effects that trauma has had on the way I produce art and tell stories. It took me a long time to realize that the traumas we endure are not solely our own, but are often generational. However, with this piece, I remind myself that we also pass down hxstories, rituals, generations of interdependent love, and community despite the distance, borders, and oceans that separate us, and I am really thankful to have those traditions.

Forward Together will be printing thousands of cards with this image and others to send to immigrant and Muslim mamas May 14 to show that they are loved and honor their resilience. You can write a card to be sent at mamasday.org/act OR send an e-card to your own mama at mamasday.org