Sunday, May 11, 2008

Rock on Moms!

" I guess what I have really discovered is the humanizing effect of children in my life - stretching me, humbling me. Maybe my thighs aren't as thin as they used to be. Maybe my getaways aren't as glamorous. Still, I like the woman that motherhood has helped me to become".

~ Susan Lapinski

So, yeah sure I get into all the mushy sentimental things about Mother's Day. I hold back the tears while inspecting the treasures my children make for me, I covet the homemade cards and notes, and so on.

I chose this quote today for a reason. Being a mother means something other than the fact that you have children ~ whether you bore them, adopted them, or claim them as your own. It means that you have changed. Evolved, if you will, into a different version of the pre-mother self you once were. A mother has learned to sacrifice, to enjoy giving of herself for the benefit of her children. A mother truly values the life of her child above her own, but has learned the delicate balance of taking care of herself too in order to enhance her mothering abilities(that one took me awhile to grasp). A mother has learned to do ten things at a time while watching all her children at once, while cooking supper for five. Whew!
Let's face it, Moms rule!

All the sentiment aside, my mother gave me a card yesterday that sums up motherhood in one four-word sentence.

"Holy crap, its hard".

Now, cutsie little hand print clay keepsakes aside, can we agree that that statement is most profound and screams the truth about being a "Mommy"?

I thought so.

Happy Mom's Day to all of you!

May you be showered with many construction-paper cards, hand print plates, painted clay flowerpots, and various other child creations made with love by the sticky, chubby-fingered hands of your favorite little people!

8 comments:

Kellan said...

What a great Mother's Day post - thank you. Happy Mother's Day to you - I hope it is wonderful! See you - Kellan

Omaha Mama said...

Glamorous - no.
Fantastic - yes!

Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

Family Adventure said...

LOVED your mother's card. Perfect.

Happy Mother's Day to you, too! Glad to see you checking in :)

Heidi

blooming desertpea said...

Happy Mother's day to you, too, and - holy crap, it is hard indeed!

painted maypole said...

happy mother's day.

I think the thing I got today that i love the most, is the plain red piece of paper that my daughter got out by herself while I was eating breakfast, stuck stickers on it, brought it to me, and said "Happy's Mother Day" No one helped her make it. No one told her to make it. No one suggested she make it. She just did it. When no one was looking. And gave it to me. :)

Amy Y said...

Happy belated Mom's Day to you! :)
Hope you had a great day with your lovies!

Kellan said...

Thanks for coming by today - nice to see you. Hope you have a good week - see you - Kellan

Christine said...

happy mother's day--WAY late. :-)