Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Writing, Teaching, Language, Landscape, Life

In Celebration of Heroines—Moms and Daughters


Wynn, Dawn, Joan, 2001

But behind all your stories is your mother’s story, for hers is where yours begins.
— Mitch Albom

It is fitting that May brought both Mother’s Day and Wynn’s high school graduation. It is fitting to celebrate both of these women in the same month—both of these women are my heroines. A heroine, as defined by Dictionary.com:

          1. a woman noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:
          2. a woman who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model ideal
Both of these descriptions express the exceptional character and spirit of Mom and Wynn. I dedicate this piece to the celebration of all of our moms and daughters in all of their unique strength and spirit. When I visualize the connections between mothers and daughters, an infinity sign appears. There is no beginning and no ending, but instead a forever connection, threading each new generation with the women whose lives created her own.

“I never knew how much my heart could hold until someone called me Grammie.” ~Joan Wink

Mom and me, 2017

Mom and Wynn share granite strength under their generous spirits, smiles, laughter, and kindness. Both of these women have chosen to shape their lives not defined by the challenges that life held, but instead by what they want to share with the world—generosity of spirit, kindness, and love. On the days when I feel weak under the pressures of life, I don’t look far for inspiration. On those days (weeks, months, years…) when the weight of life feels too much, I look to the experiences of Mom and Wynn and how they handle them. Whatever I may be experiencing soon pales in comparison.

I have been blessed to have a mom who lives how to create a life abundantly rich in passion for family, friendships, and career. She greets all aspects of life with as much—if not more!—energy now than ever before. She shows me how to live a life of love and positive energy with family, friendships, and passion for what we do at the core of all. “Bloom where you’re planted,” she tells me. In states and on ranches across the West—Wyoming, Arizona, California, Texas, and South Dakota—she has not only bloomed, but
tirelessly encouraged others to do so, as well.
Wynn composes the art of her life through each individual act. She chooses each word and thought expressed with deep intention. Again, again, and again, I have witnessed her choose kindness and love in all situations, including situations that tend not to inspire responses of kindness and love. Wynn lifts herself beyond the situation and into the greater context. Her generosity of spirit and graceful way of living humble and inspire me.
The strength of character, way of walking through this world, and essence of love of both of these women inspire me every single day.
 So to celebrate Mother’s Day and Wynn’s graduation seemed only fitting.
For Mother’s Day, we made our annual Mother’s Day pilgrimage to Restaurante Rancho de Chimayó, where we had the traditional prickly pear lemonade for kids and prickly pear margaritas for adults. Luke drove up from Tucson to join us. Wyatt was at 14,000 ft. on a mountain doing what he loves and guiding a trek.

Mother’s Day 2017, Wynn, me, Luke

Prickly pear lemonade for kids and margaritas for adults.

I saved my gift from Mom to open:
 From Mother’s Day we segued right into Wynn’s graduation from St. Michael’s High School. Mom and Dad arrived, just as they did for Wyatt’s graduation, and Luke’s. It’s not a Wink event unless you’re lifting something heavy and working, so for this graduation, our goal was to get a roof on the ramada! Dad immediately grabbed a hammer and dove in with Noé.
 When the great day arrived, we all piled into the pick-up. Mom’s face should be right with the boys.
Off to the Cathedral Basicilica of St. Francis of Assisi for the graduation ceremony.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Our graduate!

Grammie and Bop Bop love Wynn.

Wynn and Noé

After graduation festivities. Luke, me, Noé, Wyatt


May was a big month for my heroines, Wynn and Mom. Both begin a new chapter of life. Wynn with high school graduation and Mom with her appointment to the South Dakota Board of Regents. It is a blessing to be the generation between two women who never cease to amaze, inspire, and strengthen me. Congratulations and love from the bottom of my heart to you both.

In celebration of the magnificence and wonder of heroines.

Wynn and Grammie, 2017

Wynn and Grammie, 2001

Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores the beauty and tensions of language, culture, and place.

17 thoughts on “In Celebration of Heroines—Moms and Daughters

  1. Congratulations Dawn! Your babes have all moved out of the nest that you worked so hard to keep feathered! You have done a fabulous job, with the love of Noe and your parents, and all of those who hold you in deep respect and appreciation. Hugs to all of you!

  2. Love your tribute to your mom and daughter. I wrote a blessing to the women in our lives for the month of May to celebrate all the women in my (our) life past and present. Love your blog!

  3. THANK YOU Dawn!

    Your words and pictures capture such a wealth of expression and love.


  4. Thank you for sharing Dawn, your ladies are beautiful inside and out and so are you. Best wishes for Wynn as she ventures into the world. Love, Dan

  5. Your words have again revealed your heart. Thank you for sharing that with us. Joan and Wynn are so beautiful!
    Love you

  6. A beautiful tribute my friend!❤

  7. You choose your heroines nicely, my friend. What special ladies you have in your life. Congratulations to them both, and to you. For what is most admirable is to love, and you do that so well ❤️.

  8. What a wonderful and wonder filled offerings. A special time with very special
    People. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Dear Kay,
      So deeply grateful for our own deep roots and history. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write and connect. I was remembering when Margaret, Jill, Kristin, and I graduated from high school. You and Jerry volunteered for the party that night. Wynn’s graduation brought back all of these memories. So grateful for our long, shared journey.
      With love,

  9. Dawn! This is just beautiful! Love to you and Noe and your mom and dad…..and, of course Wynn and Luke and Wyatt who I taught Sunday School to on the lawn of the Rosario Chapel! ❤️ Shirlee

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Dear Shirlee, Sunday School on the lawn of the Rosario Chapel! Thank you so much for bringing back those memories! Thanks so very much for writing to connect. I miss you here! Much love, Dawn

  10. Beautifully written. Sending love to you, dear Dawn. My life has been blessed to have your mom in my life for almost forever, if walking to kindergarten together counts. The bond we have seems to become stronger as we age. I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments! And, she is so proud of her family!

    • Diane, I love what Mom wrote about the two of you holding hands to go to kindergarten. When she was here for Wynn’s graduation she told me about how the two of you used to hold hands and walk down to watch the river. What a gift to hold hands through life, as the two of you have done.
      Much love,

  11. Love!!! Xxoo Susie

    From: “Dawn Wink: Dewdrops”
    Reply-To: Dewdrops
    Date: Monday, 29 May 2017 at 1:42 PM
    To: Susan Sandretto
    Subject: [New post] In Celebration of Heroines—Moms and Daughters

    Dawn Wink posted: ” But behind all your stories is your mother’s story, for hers is where yours begins. — Mitch Albom It is fitting that May brought both Mother’s Day and Wynn’s high school graduation. It is fitting to celebrate both of these women in the same month—both”

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