A thank-you letter to all moms, everywhere.
To the Mom of Littles….thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to show love and affection to babies and toddlers who often can’t express their gratitude. From the moment you open your eyes in the morning you are at the service of these little ones. You nurse the baby, break up fights between the toddler and preschooler, watch 3 episodes in a row of Little Einsteins, change diapers, attempt crafts and play dates, read books, potty train, and clean up 3 bowls of spilled Cheerios all before noon. Someone is always on you, touching you. Someone always needs something; there’s no one around to help. You’re overtired, over touched, and just want to pee without an audience. You’re stressed about sleep schedules, motor skills, and speech development. You feel guilty for how much tv your child watches, yet know that without that break you might crack. Mom of Littes, I see you and all you do. Please know that what you are doing is meaningful and important. Wiping faces and bottoms may seem trivial, but please know that to your child/ren, you are the world. There is no one else on earth better equipped than you to be a mom to your little ones.
To the Mom of Teens….thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to have real conversations with your adolescent child. To listen to their point of view. Thank you for understanding that some times your child needs a friend, and other times they need a parent. I imagine you probably chuckle when you hear moms of young children talking about how hard it is. You’ve traded in diapers and tantrums for pierced ears, eye rolls, and peer pressure. You still aren’t sleeping at night, only instead of being up with your child, you’re awake worrying about them. You handle games, recitals, first dates, broken hearts, mean girls, fist fights, drivers ed and SAT prep with grace and love. I know you feel like you’re failing at this parenting thing, but to those of us with young children, you’re Super Mom. Thank you for being a source of encouragement to us.
To the Mom Who’s Kids are Grown…thank you.
Thank you for pouring into your child’s life day in and day out and cultivating a close relationship with them. Thank you for understanding that your role as mom doesn’t end just because your child has moved out. You are there for your child through college exams, new jobs, apartment living, marriage, babies, and so much more. You’re more than a mom, you’re a close friend, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Thank you for showing us younger moms how to form lasting relationships with our children, and how to show respect to the older generation. Thank you for caring so lovingly for our ailing grandparents. It can’t be easy to navigate this new phase of life: you’re now friends with your children, and more like a mother to your own parents.
To the Mom dealing with Infertility….thank you.
Thank you for you’re words of congratulations, baby shower gifts, and kindly listening to our parenting woes. I see you and I love you. I’ve seen you walk through miscarriages, stillbirths, bed rest, ivf treatments, and month after month of negative pregnancy tests virtually alone. I hope and pray you have a trusted friend that is supporting you on your journey. Please know that we think you are amazing. Thank you for celebrating our child’s milestones with us. Thank you for being open and real about your struggles. Thank you for loving and forgiving us when we undoubtedly say something stupid. Please know that we are hoping and praying alongside you, and that you are an amazing mom in our eyes.
To the Single Mom….thank you.
Thank you for all you do for your family. You are mom and dad all in one. You work hard to provide for your children financially, physically, and emotionally. Thank you for choosing to put your child’s needs above your own. For choosing to work tirelessly at your job and then come home and give 100% to your children. Thank you for choosing baby food and bedtime snuggles over nights out on the town. Thank you for choosing life. You are amazing and your child is amazing and so wanted by all of us. I pray you have a support system in place, someone to call when life gets crazy. And I hope you know just how strong and capable and inspiring you are, both to your children and to moms everywhere.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!