For those of you who have ever squeezed a little alien-like, spooge covered, wailing, little munchkin out of your hoo-hah, then you may be excited for this weekend.
It’s likely that most of you don’t have to ask why.. but just in case, for the uninformed.. or for those of you who don’t recall the day when you, yourself, made a screaming entry into this world. It’s Mother’s Day.
And, if you aren’t a mother yourself, you surely have a mother because….. much like opinions…. everyone seems to have one!
So, why the excitement? Well, for most of the world (at least the part of the world that celebrate’s Mother’s) it’s a day – one day – where everyone must stop and thank Mom for being Mom. That’s not to say she’s any better than Dad, or that all moms deserve celebrating. But, it forces you to take a moment to think about the women in your life who ruined their bodies (ok, maybe not those celebs – who all seem to be in post-baby perfect shape), who gave up ever having a full night’s sleep, who learned way-too-quickly that they would never again be able to cook with both hands and whose bodies & clothes became instant tissues, vomit catchers, and warmth providers.
Those women who, in most cases, will forever worry if you’re getting enough to eat, enough sleep, enough love and enough challenge. They will lose sleep thinking about your future, your education and the impact of the ever-changing world around you. They will read articles about the correct amount of tv, technology, vegetables, play time, study time and nap time. They will judge the world with new eyes…. They will celebrate your first step, first word and first day of school and then every day afterwards, they will worry that you’re going to fall, that your words will be used against you and that your days away from them will be surrounded by others who may not always have your best interests at heart.
They will cry when you cry (unless of course that crying was brought on by a demand to not touch the hot stove). They will forever laugh when you laugh and they will smile both inside and out when you smile. Your joys will be their joys and your sorrows will consume their hearts as they try to balance swooping in to fix everything and allowing you to learn to manage through life on your own. They will say “No” ….. A LOT….. but probably not nearly as much as you did as a toddler just learning to use your voice to express your independence.
They will shuttle you around and protect you until you show that you can be trusted to do things on your own. And even after you’ve gained that trust.. they will worry. That’s what they do. They will worry you will crash the car, make bad decisions, bend to peer pressure. They will worry that all the knowledge they’ve bestowed upon you will not be enough, that they could have done more, said more, loved more.
They will work to make your life easy, but not too easy. They will fill both your belly and your mind, as you fill their hearts. They will encourage you. Love you. And eternally support you. And…… they will make mistakes. But they will pray that every mistake they make will somehow make you a better person.. and them a better Mother. Life is a journey they take with you… there will be bumps in the road, tears, harsh words and anger… but hopefully these will be far outweighed by giggles, cuddles, laughter & happiness.
For this is the life we have chosen… as a Mother. And, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
So for these reasons….. we celebrate Mother’s Day. Not because Mom needs a day dedicated to her.. but because a day dedicated to acknowledge the journey you have taken together is worthy of celebration!