When the sister authors of Dear Mama began their work on this project they could not have imagined the tremendous need for transparent support. These submissions are relatable and span from first-time young mamas to empty-nest with adult children mamas. Regardless of the range the commonality that holds us together is the love and commitment to the families we have created. In this ever-changing world it is important to note that every loss has been met with an even greater gain. We have rallied together to take care of what matters most: ourselves. Self-care is no longer a fleeting mantra but a mandatory action. A person cannot pour from an empty cup. Even airlines demand that in the event the oxygen masks are deployed, you must first put on your mask and then help others .