I was surprised when a customer service man wished me a “Happy Mother’s Day!” yesterday.
I was taken aback, Mother’s Day?
I had already sent out cards to my mother and grandmothers earlier this week, and then I promptly forgot all about it.
Mother’s Day, for me, has never been different than any other day.
I still have to do all the normal things I typically do; get out of bed, maybe a shower, make coffee, feed the animals, clean their bowls, refill them again for later, and put away the human dishes. I still have to brush my teeth (I should do the same to my hair), and put real clothes on.
My human children will wake up and want to eat, as well.
My son is old enough to feed himself but, because he likes the way I make his oatmeal, he may ask me to make it for him.
When daughter asks for something to eat, I could tell her to go ask her dad, if he’s awake by then or he’s not hiding in the bathroom playing games on his phone.
Just like any other day, my children will still whine, complain, and probably fight.
I won’t get to stay in bed today, I won’t be served breakfast, and I won’t be showered in gifts. As long as I don’t have to clean much or do laundry (I just had to put a load in that I forgot about last night), I’m pretty happy with the way the day goes, as is customary for our life.
That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy it, if someone would do those things for me.
Every mother deserves to have a special day, or 30 of them. Every mom deserves to spend a little extra money to do something that might make her feel special. Every mom deserves to be told that “You’re doing a great job!” and “Thank you, for all that you do for us”.
There is a special group of women that deserve a little extra love; not just on Mother’s Day, but every single day, for the unique lives that they lead:
Foster and adoptive mothers
Mothers who have lost a child
Mothers dealing with children in chronic or terminal illness
Women with infertility longing to be a mother
When I sit and think about what these women have had to go through, live through, fight through, cry through, and try to stay positive through, I am humbled by their strength to stand up and fight through all of life’s battles.
Even when it seems like there is no one there to tell you that you’re doing a great job, you are in fact DOING A GREAT JOB.
When you feel like you can’t get out of bed in the morning, but you still do, YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB.
When you bathe your kids, but you’re too tired to take a shower yourself, YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB.
When you cry in your car, while you lay in bed at night, or while you’re sitting on the floor in your bathroom, feeling like you can’t do it anymore; YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB.
YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB, even when you feel like you’re failing.
All your hard work is seen when your child says please or thank you. When your children are kind, or are helpful to others. When your child makes you laugh, or gives you a hug and a kiss without being asked to do it. When, what you have taught your children is coming out in the things they do and the acts that they perform, YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB!
Remember, that you’re an amazing ROCKSTAR mom! On this day and every other day.
Happy Mother’s Day
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