It’s mother’s day, so I’m sure you don’t need to wonder about today’s inspiration.
I am fortunate enough to be able to celebrate this day from two angles; as the mother of two beautiful girls, and as the daughter of one of the most amazing mothers on the planet.
Everyone knows mothers have a difficult and important job. It is one of the reasons we often feel as though we are failing miserably in our efforts. But somehow, the best mothers always pull through, and power through the difficult times.
1) Your mother went through the trouble of getting you.
I was going to mention pregnancy and childbirth specifically, but let’s be honest that is not the only way to become a mother. I have seen women go through painful procedures to try and get pregnant, and women working hard through the process of adoption. I have seen women who picked up raising a child for the ex-wife who threatened their life, and woman who took the place of beloved family members who they had recently lost. I had it easy, with two relatively simple pregnancies and fairly straight forwards births. But I am one of the lucky ones. How you become a mother isn’t important, it’s only important to do the best you can for your child.
2) All mothers are a little different.
When I woke up this morning, I had a picture sent to me from my mother waiting on my phone.
My mother is a unique person who teaches me things on a regular basis. Including how to embarrass my children. You know, to make them stronger. She is not like any other mother out there, and for that I am eternally grateful.
3) No one loves like a mother.
I have made mistakes in my life. Many of them. But I have been fortunate enough to be able to come to my mother after each mistake and know that I am loved, I am forgiven, and I am accepted. There is nothing in this world that is as amazing as knowing I will always have a place to call home. It doesn’t matter what I have done, or why I am there, she will take me in and guide me through.
4) Mothers mess up sometimes, and that is alright.
There are times when I feel like the worst mother there is. Sometimes it is simple, such as putting on a cartoon for my child so they will give me some peace and quiet to do what I want to do. Other times it is snapping and yelling at my child, not because what they have done is so horrible, but just because I am having a rough day. These are the moments where I feel horrible, as though no one does a worse job than me. I know others have done worse things than I have, and I know I may one day do something much worse. And that is okay; one day children will realize their mothers are human, and that will help to give them the strength to do this job when it is their turn.
5) My mother is the best one there is.
There is a lot I can say about my mother. The story of raising eight children by herself, of always being there when we needed her, of returning to school to get her degree, and of somehow always keeping things together even if she would rather fall apart. I could talk about her creativity, her giving nature, or her amazingly warped sense of humor. I know many people think their mother is the best there is, but it’s only because they were not lucky enough to experience life with my mother.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!