Sunday, May 8, 2011

This One's For You

Motherhood is not something that everyone has. Some choose not to be a mom, others long to be but cannot. Today, as we celebrate Mother's day I think we need to take a moment to remember that all of us who are blessed with being a mom are doing the best we can. We may not do things the right way, we all make mistakes, but we all have one thing in common: We are moms. For some reason we are looked down on, we are treated like lesser beings, we are discriminated against, we are chided, we are belittled, we are are misunderstood, we are under-appreciated. Today, we get to be proud of motherhood. This day is for us.

For every mom who has ever fallen asleep sitting in a rocking chair or army crawled out of a sleeping infant's room so as not to wake him up; this one is for you. For every mom who has sneaked into the nursery 6 times in one night just to see her baby's chest rise and fall with each breath, or who accidentally woke her child while checking on him. For every mom who cried the 1st time they heard their little one say "mama" or secretly wished "dada" wasn't their 1st word. For every mom whose biggest fear is the 1st day of Kindergarten; this one's for you. For every mom who has walked out of the house and forgotten the diaper bag, or worse, the baby, or forgotten the exact time your baby was born, or misplaced the 1st footprints. For every mom who has lost sleep over what sports their kids will play or whether or not their preschooler will be successful; this one's for you. For every mom who can distinguish her own child's cry or even their poopy diaper without having to look. For every mom who secretly thinks that their child is the best, the brightest, the most beautiful. For every mom who needed one more glass of wine to take the edge off after a stressful day; this one's for you. To the working moms and the stay-at-home moms, the step-moms and adoptive moms; this one is for you.

We are worriers, caregivers, providers, and friends. We love, we cherish, we lose sleep. We are the most important person in our children's lives and we rise to the challenge. We are moms, and today we are celebrated. Take the time to say thank you to a mom today, whether it's your own mom or not. Remember that you wouldn't be here if you didn't have a mom who loved you.  Happy Mother's Day, to all of the beautiful moms all over the world!