Childbirth and labor are nothing compared to the pain of Motherhood.
Still, I would do it all over again…with a lot of tweaking. Parenthood
is a guilty affair. No matter how hard one tries, it is impossible to
discharge the responsibility perfectly. Most
mothers are the nurturers, the worriers. If you’re like me, my
favorite time is bedtime when these frail shoulders carry the day’s
burdens, crises, and concerns to a higher power; but not before I tip
toe through each room making sure the covers are on, each curly head is
in bed, no fires, no wild animals, and still I fight the temptation to
check their pulses as they sleep to make sure no one succumbs to SIDS.
There are many benefits we receive from our children: love, meaning and
purpose, endless giving, and a sense of humor, not to mention the
ho-made treasures and runny breakfast memories. Don’t let the
parenting years get away! Your contributions to your children could rank
as the greatest accomplishments in life. So remember the funny
and joyous times of motherhood. There was the time I felt like a
short-order cook, waitress, and busser all at one meal. No sooner was
everyone’s four-course meal served when it was time to remove the
plates and dish-out dessert. I mentioned, “There better be a good
tip.” After the kids cleared the table, I was gathering plates when I
noticed some coins underneath one, eighty-three cents to be exact. There
was also the mini-vacation when our autistic son gave a peep-show of his
sleeping, undressed father to all the motel guests standing by via the
wooden blinds. “Open, shut,” he smiled.
Children come without
instructions. We pretty well have to assemble them on our own. Believe
it or not, children want their parents more than the junk we buy them.
Another reality is that you cannot take total responsibility for the
outcome of your kids for they do have a free will, and some are
determined to exercise it. It doesn’t hurt or disappoint any less.
Children only increase our prayer time, and God always goes after the
prodigal. Come on, you got this MOM!
On this day of honor, we
thank all moms for their courageous love and sacrifice. To birthmothers
who lovingly chose adoption for their children and to those who gave the
love of their hearts to adopt children, we say to these and all mothers,
thank you, for your love does not go unnoticed. There is no greater gift
than the gift of life. We love you all the days of our lives.
“Be strong and
do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”
Happy Mother’s Day!