Monday, 13 May 2013

Mother's Day

It's so nice for mothers to have a special day dedicated to celebrating motherhood.

Mothering can be a thankless job - most of what we do is just taken for granted, and although we know how much our children love us and our husbands appreciate us, it's nice to have one day when they're reminded to say it out loud.

There's nothing better in the world than being a mother, and there's nothing that takes more work. Mothering is a 24/7 job. There is no time off.

Mothering means kisses and cuddles and bedtime snuggles and a tiny little trusting hand in yours. Mothering means learning to play all over again. Mothering means seeing the whole world anew through your children's eyes as they learn and grow and discover and become their own little people. Mothering means a heart full of a love you never dreamed possible. Mothering means a whole new dimension of being a woman.

Mothering also means being woken up at 5:30am by being vomited on (how my Mother's Day started!) and wiping snotty noses and changing soiled diapers and cleaning food from the floor and breaking up arguments and year after year of sleepless nights and an endless cycle of cooking / cleaning / dishes / laundry.

Mother's Day means something different for every mother and family. For some it means breakfast in bed made by Dad and the kids, followed by a kid-free lunch out with the girlfriends and an afternoon of pampering at the spa. For some it means cards and flowers and a little blue box with something sparkly inside. For some it means special plans together as a family - a trip to the zoo, a picnic, an afternoon at a waterpark.

Most of us don't want or expect much for Mother's Day. Family time, alone time, a macaroni necklace and a crayon-and-construction paper card from the kids, a little thank-you and I love you from the husband. Possibly time for a shower without an audience, a meal we don't have to make ourselves. All we want is an acknowledgement of how hard we work as moms and some sort of reminder that we're doing a good job most of the time - and are loved and appreciated even when we mess up.

Happy Mother's Day, Moms!

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