May is for Mom

Happy Mother’s Month!!! It should be a month, right? 

There were lots of options to highlight for May’s newsletter.  Another family story, May Day, Labor Day. But Mother’s Day seemed to fit best.

Now, I don’t claim to be a Mommy know-it-all – I’ve only been at this gig for 3.5 years. Some would still call me entry level talent here. But if you’re interested, here’s what I’ve learned so far: 

Being a mom is always wearing some sort of dirty clothing – whether spit up on your sweater, snot on your blouse, breakfast eggs on your pants, milk drops on your shoes – you name it. My clothes are never 100% clean when I walk out of the house. Being a mom is playing trains, cars, playing in a pillow pool, finger painting, playing chase, teaching how to ride a bike, scooter, or little car – it’s the very opposite of comfortably siting – on anything. Being a mom is playing referee, encouraging gentle hands, giving 2nd and 3rd chances before timeout tears explode into meltdowns – it’s pulled heartstrings mixed with relentless insecurity – wondering if I can keep going and if I’m even doing this right.  Being a mom is fixing your meal last, that’s most likely burnt or cold because multitasking while cooking is not always advantageous, it’s barely looking in the mirror to notice you put your shirt on backwards, it’s excusing the grays growing a little longer and the missed exercises because I just can’t at the end of the day. Being a mom is forever. Giving. Everything.

And I wouldn’t change any of it. Any of it.

Here’s me, looking at these boys. Wondering how I’ve been so blessed. To call these mine.  Who am I? To be loved by them?  It is the best life. The one I didn’t even know I wanted. Needed.

To all those mothers, those who yearn to be mothers, those who have been mothers – it is a love labor like none other!  Here’s to you! May your efforts and desires be celebrated!