Quotes from the Moms of Man Repeller

  • Laura Medine, mother of Leandra Medine

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    Watching the fruits of hard labor flourish. (LM: I think she means pay off.)

    What's the worst?

    Taking everything that offends your children to heart because they feel like an extension of your own being. (LM: I can vouch for my mom in saying that there are girls who like, stole my gum in middle school, who she still hates.)

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Be where you are, enjoy the moment. (LM: So basically she is paraphrasing Eckhart Tolle -- author of "The Power of Now.") There are no worries when you're in your youth, and that experience is irreplaceable.

    When was this photo taken?

    LM: This photo was taken in a studio apartment that my mom shared with her girlfriend on 65th and Madison in 1984 right before she married my dad. She was waiting for my dad to pick her up to take her to dinner at a restaurant called Elio's, where they were meeting my dad's best friend and girlfriend for the first time. She recalls this photo as one that reminds her of the last time she maintained independence, which is sad.
  • Sheila McElroy, mother of Amelia Diamond

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    The best part about being a mom is not having to think about loving.

    It is hugely surprising how much love exists in you that only a child brings out. There are no other people, institutions or things that can replace a heart overflowing with absolute pureness. There are no measures. You just give for the sake of giving. There's no thought of "what am I getting in return?"

    It's probably what heaven feels like.

    What's the worst?

    The worst thing about being a mom is being ignored by the child who you've worried about all night long, brought tea and toast to, held while crying, trying to soothe them until their fears and upsets go away, and then their best friend walks in and finally she smiles. Sigh.

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Remember your self-worth.

    When was this photo taken?

    I was about 26 or 27 and Amelia's father and I were working in London for the summer. It was late August just before we returned to New York. It was a hot day and he asked me to remove my hat because he couldn't see my face. I remember the sun on my face and not wanting to leave London yet, but I was also excited to move forward with our lives as well. Neither of us had a "real job" and I was thinking about grad school. The entire world seemed open and available to us. I was ridiculously happy.
  • Cindy Cardinal, mother of Elizabeth Tamkin

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    The best thing about being a mom is that you enjoy every happy moment and every success that your children have, even more than if they happened to you.

    What's the worst?

    All the worrying.

    One piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Everything is going to be ok.

    When was this photo taken?

    This was taken when I was 25 in my mother's house on Long Island the day I got married (which was the day after I graduated from law school). It was June 9, 1986. We were about to drive into the city to Judge Kupferman's chambers at the Appellate Division courthouse that Monday afternoon. There were 10 of us in the chambers in total. We stopped by my family's restaurant for champagne after, then ate at the Water Club. We stayed at the Pierre that night, then walked back to our apartment at West 58th Street and I started taking bar review classes the next day.
  • Alice Ross, mother of Harling Ross

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    It’s the biggest opportunity I will ever have to invest love in a life-altering way. Plus, the dividends are sensational: constant hugs when the kids are young, and lots of laughter when they are older.

    What's the worst?

    Knowing that these totally autonomous human beings are out in the world carrying around your heart. Fear.

    One piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Have patience. Enjoy every moment, because there is always some beauty or joy that might slip past unnoticed if you’re not paying attention.

    When was this photo taken?

    Washington D.C., age 24.

    I was about to leave for a party. Later that night, my friends and I went pool-hopping in our underwear at Dumbarton Oaks (a famous research library in D.C -- and yes, we were totally trespassing.) The photo was taken at the home of a woman I loved, who died unexpectedly a few years ago. She once invited all the homeless people living under Key Bridge in Washington D.C. to Thanksgiving dinner in her townhouse. It was her idea to pool-hop.
  • Kathy Nahman, mother of Haley Nahman

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    Watching a little person, who you love in a way you couldn’t have imagined, grow and learn and make you smile. Seeing them as high-functioning, healthy adults has been a reward I'd greatly underestimated. It's probably the best part of all.

    What's the worst?

    Teaching them to drive!

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Focus! Give serious thought to what would be a meaningful way to spend your time. Try to envision your life beyond this point in time. But then again, if I did that I wouldn’t have the life I ended up with, which I wouldn’t trade for anything.

    Oh yes, and USE SUNSCREEN! Stop baking in the sun!

    When was this photo taken?

    I was in college in Fort Collins, Colorado. I was 20 years old and enrolled in summer school (a PE class, I think). That apartment cost me $70 a month and three out of our four roommates were named Kathy. Nothing but sun and fun.
  • Judy Zirimis (left), mother of Emily Zirimis

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    One of the best things about being a mom is seeing the wonder in your child's face when she's young -- kids eyes light up with every new discovery, and it's really heartwarming to see. It makes the simplest of moments the most special.

    Another thing that has been meaningful to watch is when your child grows and learns from her struggles. The rough patches are hard to get through, but when she's able to come out on the other end stronger and smarter, it makes those tough moments almost seem worthwhile.

    What's the worst?

    One of the worst things about being a mom is all of the sleep loss over the years; you are on call 24/7.

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    I would like to tell my young self what my mom and dad used to tell me: “Life is short. Listen to your heart, take some chances and SAVE YOUR MONEY."

    When was this photo taken?

    This picture was taken in 1978 in Huntington, NY. I was 18 years old. I’m on the left, my best friend Pam is on the right (and we are still friends to this day). We were on a local softball team together and this was before a game. This is also one of the only photos that I have with my first car.
  • Nancy K. Barnett, mother of Kate Barnett

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    The best thing about being Kate's mom is the fun and the hugs.

    What's the worst?

    The hardest thing about being a mom is missing the fun and those hugs when your children grow up and flourish on their own. But that is also a most wonderful thing to be able to see.

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    The one piece of advice I might've given my 30-year-old self would be to not fret so much. Each day is a joy -- don't miss it.

    When was this photo taken?

    This was taken in 1980 at my weekly clinic within the Harriet Lane clinic at John Hopkins Hospital during residency. I am 30 years old, seeing a pediatric patient for a regular check-up. I think the picture was taken by a photographer from the Children Center staff for possible publication.
  • Lisa Lewis, mother of Krista Anna Lewis

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    Seeing your adorable baby become a cute little toddler to a beautiful grown woman that you love hanging out with.

    What's the worst?

    Saying goodbye on her first day of kindergarten.

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Make the move to NYC on your own if your company offers it. Otherwise, it will take you 30 years and your daughter moving there to realize that you love this city.

    When was this photo taken?

    1989, Berlin Wall, age 29. The company I worked for in Boston gave me a free Lufthansa ticket that I decided to use to fly to Berlin for the weekend. Behind me you could hear the people pounding with hammers on the wall to chip the painted sections away for souvenirs. Smiling Eastern soldiers on the other side handed me a large piece from the rounded top of the wall through a small hole someone had already made in the wall.
  • Elizabeth Dunlevie, mother of Yvonne Dunlevie

    What's the best thing about being a mom?

    When I was a kid I thought I could never be a mom, because my mom always took the smallest piece of cake and I knew smallest pieces did not interest me. When I became a mom, I realized that I wanted to always give my kids the best pieces of cake.

    What's the worst?

    Watching your children go through tough things, knowing this is how they grow and mature.

    What's one piece of advice you wish you could have given yourself at the age of the photo?

    Always trust your instincts.

    When was this photo taken?

    Outside the Neptune Bar at the Island hotel in Cedar Key, Florida, 1978. I was in graduate school at Gainesville. Jimmy Buffet would occasionally show up at the bar and do impromptu concerts. He did not show that afternoon.
The Writers | May 6, 2016

Click through this slideshow then add a photo of your mom below

First and foremost they build our tiny little bones inside their bodies.

When we’re babies, they wipe our puke up with their hands because what are their current needs if not an extension of ours?

When we’re little rascals, they wipe our tears and tell us how the world works which, if you’ve seen the world, is no easy feat.

When we’re teens, they do the impossible which is put up with us. Seriously.

When we’re adults they’re still the first person we call when shit hits the fan and shit does it somehow happen often.

They drive us nuts as much as they make us calm because they know us. And all our stupid flaws and they still love us, if we’re lucky. Maybe even because of them, if we’re luckier.

Moms are the calm voice of reason or swelling voice of emotion, depending on what we need and when we need it. They are there and they are whole and they have stories of their own.

So we asked ours to share a little bit of theirs, in honor of the day that really should be every single one.

Happy Mother’s Day to the Man Repeller moms and all the other ones too.

We love you.


  • beautiful women!


  • Jaclyn Levy

    This was so awesome. Thank you for choosing pictures that showcased these moms as powerful, beautiful individuals. I’m totally inspired!

  • Brittany Berckes

    this is wonderful.
    and this is my mom, Mayra Angela Gonzalez Berckes, at the Guggenheim posing in front of one the many paintings she said she could paint herself.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Hello Momma Berckes!

  • Renee

    “It’s probably what heaven feels like” hear, hear. “Everything will be okay” ty!

  • Andrea Raymer

    and now i’m crying….

  • Such a cute and interesting post! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    AGNESE http://www.theblogness.com

  • Allie Fasanella

    this is lyn. and we got in a huge fight over nothing yesterday bc we both have our period and this just convinced me i should probably apologize even if she was being dramatic.

    • Amelia Diamond

      LYN! Tell her you love her, too

      • Allie Fasanella

        will do 🙂

  • Janelle Domek

    My mom is on the right with the crimped hair and the gold dress. What a laugh! Love her.

    • Amelia Diamond

      omg YES!!! This is amazing.

  • Jacquelyn Bonilla

    Such a great post!! Here are two photos of my Mami. Love my Mami…. I wish she kept the cowboy shoes and flatforms though…

    • Jacquelyn Bonilla

      cowboy boots ***

      • Amelia Diamond

        those are GREAT

  • Zooey P

    This is my mom, Trish. I also wore a tuxedo-ish ensemble like this to a formal affair before I knew this picture existed. She wins though, because hers was a jumpsuit. She is the nucleus of our family and the most positive person on the planet.

    • Amelia Diamond

      You need to pair those side by side!

  • Joanna

    What I loved about this post was the simplicity of the beauty of a mother-daughter relationship.. The pictures are a bonus! Here is my own wonderful mother Yolanda, I believe the picture was taken in the 80s.. 🙂

    • Amelia Diamond

      these outfits ALL of your moms are wearing are so good

  • Michelle Li

    This is a photo of me and my mom from awhile ago, she taught herself how to sew and would make us cute matching outfits all the time. She also got a Ph.d in Math while trying to learn English after coming to America from China knowing nobody and I unfortunately can’t even calculate tip in my head (mental math is hard). The most inspiring and forever has killer style.

    • lucyst0ner

      this is so so precious <3

      • Amelia Diamond


  • Jolie

    I’m not crying, you’re crying! All of your moms are beautiful sweethearts. Elizabeth and Krista — the way your moms are posing in their pics reminds me so much of the way you two pose in your styling pics! I love it!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      hahah love it

  • Ally Hurt

    Love this so much!! <3

  • muiringue

    My mom last weekend in Berlin. She asked the waiter for “something with a bit of jizz in it”, a request I can only hope he didn’t interpret literally. I hadn’t the heart to tell her what she was saying as she enjoyed her big purple beer.

    • Amelia Diamond

      hahahahh i love this

    • thats hysterical! 🙂

  • Natalie

    This was beautiful – a good reminder of the lives our mom’s lived before we came along.

    • Natalie

      My mama Gael, has lived life with great generosity and endured a lot of trials with enormous perseverance. She was the only one of her family to move across the country away from the Maritimes, and always encourages me to buy the latte when I need it 🙂

  • Amy Mills

    this is so beautiful!! how lucky we are

    this is my mom after she won homecoming queen her junior year in high school…believe or not that glow doesn’t come from good genes but cause her heart is pure gold ?

    • Natalie

      You two look practically identical!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      she’s a stunner!

    • Senka

      What a beauty!

  • moms :’)

  • “What’s the worst? Saying goodbye on her first day of kindergarten.” my heart. it hurts.

    This is my mom. She owns/runs a preschool and regresses when she drinks alcohol, like this: http://www.instagram.com/p/5XNXtXq0sx/

  • kayla barbera

    Every Mother’s Day without my mom gets harder and harder. I wish she could have seen me move to New York and travel by myself, just like she did. I love you mom and I miss you.

  • Tabitha

    All y’alls’ moms seem awesome!
    In searching for a pic to post here, I realized I don’t have many with my mom. I should probably fix that.
    This is a pic of me & my mom at the beach a couple years ago. My phone will only put it sideways so there’s that. I thought she deserved a shout out so I’m posting anyway.

  • Peta trendall

    What a wonderful, inspiring post!

  • BK

    this is me with my glorious mother, who to this day is the only person I know who can drape a sweater over her shoulders and *not* look like a snooty disaffected WASP ready to be rude to serving staff at the country club. She just looks like a lady ready for anything, i.e a sudden cold breeze, at the occurrence of which she would instinctively offer the jumper for me to wear so I wouldn’t get cold and she would say she didn’t need it despite clearly having goosebumps. WHY DO THEY DO SO MUCH FOR US MONSTERS

  • Alex

    Such a sweet post ❤️. I couldn’t choose just one pic of my mom. Her style was so epic to me growing up and since I can remember she encouraged my (often questionable haha) personal style. She has had the same haircut and has worn Paris by YSL since 1983 the year it launched and the year I was born. When my father passed away in ’97 her wardrobe became decidedly more simple. She told me later that my dad was the one with style and she would have him choose all of her more glamorous clothing. I think that was part of what delighted her so much about my “weird” style growing up. She is amazing and to me she is still the most stylish and beautiful woman that ever walked the earth, sensible shoes and all.

  • Coralie

    I love this <3
    Here is my mom and me. Was everyone super gorgeous back then or is it just that the cameras were not HD?s

    • kellymcd

      I wonder the same thing about old photographs!!!

  • camila

    loved amelia’s mom, the bit about not having to think about loving had me crying a little

  • olivia george

    My mum and dad on my mum’s graduation! She’s 34 I think and if my dad looks about 12 it’s because he’s 23. I think it was 1996!
    I try to think about these photos because its difficult to remember they have their own lives as their child. Their own feelings and thoughts!

  • Kelly

    I just found this photo of my badass mama killing it at work a few years back in PNG <3

  • Steph

    My mom independent as f***, having finished college and moving away for a career after being told by her mom & dad that marriage was her only option. Love you mom!!!

    • Elizabeth Tamkin


    • Amy Mills

      her badass attitude shows on her face – she’s beautiful

  • Shauna King

    I love this!

    My parents went to highschool together and went to junior prom (pic) but they didn’t start dating until college which is funny. My mom is such a strong, hard-working woman and I’m glad that I’m her daughter<3

  • Love these questions and answers! Such a great Mother’s Day post! xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

  • Senka

    What is so beautiful about it, is that one can see each and every one of you in your moms. Features, posture and thoughts. And crazy PMS-ing me, just feels like crying about beauty of it all.
    Here’s the photo of 7 month old me and my beautiful mom. We were into matching even then.

  • SixFeetFromTheEdge

    My mom is one of those women who doesn’t know she is amazing.

    Love her to bits.

  • suzy

    I know this post is old, but I just read it and thought I needed to show the world my mom. This is her just about a month ago. My dad sent it to me on a Saturday morning, as he always does when they go to breakfast. She retired to take care of my baby full time, while I’m at work and still takes care of another baby, my granny (her mother in law) for 35 years (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). This woman is sacrificial and beautiful and frickin hilarious too. I love you mama!

  • Megan Patricia

    This is my mom and her best friend — now my aunt – she met and married my dads brother.