"You have good kids" "You're kids are so well-behaved" " You really have great kids"
All wonderful gifts from perfect strangers this week. As a mom of toddlers, some days you wonder, am I doing this right? Praise God, he's right beside me to keep me company, right behind me to protect me, right before me to guide the way and always above me blessing me as I walk the steps of parenthood.
Happy Mother's Day!
Some more words that came to me by email for all you moms out there:
This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here."
Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.
This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers atfootball or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say,"Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.
For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."
This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and theirdaughters to sink a jump shot.
This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a littlevoice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring areat home -- or even away at college ~or have their own families.
The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation... And mature mothers learning to let go.
For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.
Single mothers and married mothers.
Mothers with money, mothers without.
This is for you all.
For all of us...
Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can.