Being a mom has taught me that it is the toughest, most demanding job in the world. It is also the one with unspeakable rewards, a great benefits package, and the best compensation plan. While it requires more than you ever knew you had, it gives back every bit of what you gave, and then some. With these thoughts on my mind leading up to this holiday weekend, I want to take a moment to acknowledge all the mothers out there and to thank and honor each one for their efforts.
Here’s to you, Mom, and all other moms:
Thank you for all you do and have done for us…
For all the years of worry, the sleepless nights, the thousands of prayers, and the meals you cooked.
For the loads of laundry, piled dirty at the washing machine and folded in clean-smelling stacks later that day, and for the birthday parties.
For the trips made to the dentist, the doctor’s office, and the emergency room, along with all the times you cleaned up our messes, from dirty diapers to hurt feelings.
For the sewing and mending, the purchase of new clothes, the insistence on a clean room, and the music lessons.
For being there when we’re sick, when we’re excited, when we’re crushed, and when we were bratty.
For running interference, for chauffeuring us all over the county, for believing in us, loving us, and supporting us to the end.
For the protective “mama bear” instincts and the willingness to give up your own comfort and the last piece of dessert, in order that we might have.
For all the life lessons and reality checks, the encouragement and the words of wisdom, and for the fearlessness in shaping us into becoming the best we could be, for refusing to let us play it safe and stay small.
For the cautionary Be careful!, Have a good day!, and Be sure to buckle up!
For the unending love.
The older I get, the more I appreciate all the effort moms pour into our lives. It seems inadequate, but hopefully my Mom and every other knows it is heartfelt when I say “I love you and Happy Mother’s Day.”