Today is Mother’s Day here in the US and while I was laying here in my bed debating whether to go back to sleep (my teenagers gift was to get up with the littles) or to stay in here and hide out a little while longer, I started to reflect on what Mother’s Day means to me.
Now of course there’s the side of me that wants to get in the car, drive to the city, go to the spa, eat sushi, get my kid infested Yukon detailed, maybe catch a movie, and then get home after the kids have already been put to bed.
For one my husband has to work today and I don’t expect my teenager to play parent all day.
But in reality I know that I have a 6 year old little boy out there that has been talking about his Mother’s Day gift he made for me for the last week and the excitement in his eyes when he talks about is just one of the biggest joys of motherhood.
On Thursday the preschool my girls attend, had a Mother’s Day celebration and when I opened the gift that my 4 year old made (a mold of clay shaped as her hand) I began to cry because as a mom I know her hand will not always be that small.
My 5 year old planted Baby’s Breath in a little pot she painted and decorated and we have been watering and taking care of it everyday. She’s been waiting patiently to plant it into a bigger pot. I will of course treasure the tiny decorated pot forever.
Mother’s Day is not just about a day, it’s about being a mother all the time. Being a mother whose loved and adored by her children. It’s about making sacrifices to ensure their happiness. Being there when the world or life fails them sometimes. Putting your own thoughts and frustrations aside even when they become adults.
To always be the mother they can turn to.
It’s about being the best mom you can be and being rewarded with their love and admiration. It’s precious…never take it for granted.
From one mother to another, hug your kids, kiss your kids, and always love your kids and show that love because they grow so fast and I for one never want to look back on my motherhood and have too many regrets.
Happy Mother’s Day,