Mother’s Day was yesterday, so just please pretend that I posted this yesterday. I had important things to do yesterday (like take a nap, etc…..).
All my life, I wanted to be a mother. As a child, I loved to play with my dolls and pretend. I was always a really good pretend mother, too, by the way. I am blessed to have an amazing mother who always seemed to make the job look easy. Well, there’s nothing easy about being a mother. Oh, how I know that now!
I received the best gift ever from my daughter Manon yesterday. She gave me a decorated jar filled with 101 things that she loves about me. I nearly cried! How could she come up with so many things? It took me a long time to read each folded strip of paper. I’d love to list all the 101 reasons why Manon thinks I’m so wonderful, but that would be a bit much. No one would ever want to read another post written by me again! But please indulge me just a few, while I stroke my ego.
I loved that Manon appreciates things that I didn’t think she noticed: “you take me places you don’t want to go,” “you made sure I’d have a nice smile (braces),” and “you calmed my fears when it stormed and I worried about a tornado.” Apparently, she even finds my quirkiness endearing: “you dance in the car,” “you listen to Christmas music in October,” and “you text with one finger.” Yes, I’m guilty on all counts. The best reason of all, though, was “you’re my best friend.” Reading that strip of paper made my heart soar. For a moment, I almost forgot the struggles, frustrations, and gray hairs that I color.
At the end of the day, nothing is more important than God and family. All the daily distractions, the mountains of laundry (literally, for me), dishes, etc. are more than worth it. We all have days when we think, “is this all there is?”. But we are serving God by serving our families. God has entrusted our children to us for a short time. Parenthood is an awesome responsibility, but it is also an enormous blessing. Yes, I think that mothers should be celebrated all year long. But I really enjoyed my moment in the sun.