Mother’s Day, or as I like to call it, Get-All-the-Chores/Errands-Done-on-Saturday-so-I-Can-Try-to-Sit-Down-on-Sunday Day, is upon us. And as I’m writing this, I keep hitting a road block: There are so many kinds of mothers out there, is there anything relevant that I can say to all of them?
The answer is this: Thank you.
Thank you for worrying about your babies, no matter how old they are. For holding them through the night. For being sleep deprived and for forgetting what it’s like to eat a hot meal or finish a cup of coffee the same day you made it.
Thank you for being nervous for your star during school plays and for being so proud you nearly burst when they nail their line, even if it is only, “Moo!”
Thank you for sometimes looking the other way when a life lesson is needed and for having tissues ready when it’s a lesson hard learned. By the way, the tissues are for you, too.
Thank you for being a mother, a father, a doctor, a therapist, Santa Claus, a psychic (“You’re going to hurt yourself!”), a chef, a race car driver, and the only person in the house who can find anything.
Hug your kids today. Send good vibes to the person who made them possible for you. And don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back. You are amazing.
– Rebecca Calappi, Publications Coordinator at Beaumont Health and adoptive parent of multiples