Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

The past couple of Mother's Days have been pretty hard for me. My own mother died in 2008, just a few months after I had a miscarriage. So Mother's Days served as a reminder that not only was I not a mother, I didn't have a mother. (Not to throw a pity party here because plenty of people have similar losses.)

This year will be my first Mother's Day as a mommy. And even though I've only been a mommy for about three weeks, I appreciate my own mother now more than ever.
My mom and dad with their first son
Mom taught me so many things, among them:
  • Make sure your son knows that no matter how big he gets, you can still beat his bottom.
  • You can make all kinds of arts and crafts with egg cartons and dish soap bottles.
  • Mealtime is family time.
  • Inner strength is greater than (but also equal to) physical beauty.
  • Love your children unconditionally.
  • Support your kids' clubs and causes, including (but not limited to) Scouts, bake sales and concerts and sporting events of every kind.
  • The best memories are made at the simplest times -- around a game board, making Christmas treats together, staying for the next showing of a movie so you can watch it one more time.
Me with my son
I can only hope to be as good a mother as my mom was. And I can only hope Milo loves me half as much as my brothers and I loved -- and still love -- our mom.

1 comment:

  1. What a great photo! Happy Mother's Day to you, darling. Hope the SO pampers your pants off.