Friday, May 9, 2014

A Mother

"A mother (or mum/mom/mam) is a woman who has raised a child, given birth to a child, and/or supplied the egg which in union with a sperm grew into a child.  Because of the complexity and difference's of a mother's social, cultural, and religious definition and role, it is challenging to specify a universally acceptable definition for the term."

I am sorry Wikipedia but you are missing a ton in this definition.

A mother is also someone who has sacrificed her prior life for the love of a child, not being able to ever put into words what that love really feels like or what it means, only that it has changed her, forever. No longer is a mother concerned for herself but is willing to travel to the ends of the earth in order to protect her child.  She develops the ability to comfort her child in ways that she never knew she could do, as she realizes that their pain is her pain.  She has also learned that her child will provide more comfort to her than she ever realized they could.  A mother realizes that though having an infant is hard, it is not nearly as hard as seeing them grow up.  A mother watches her child move through life, praying each day that they find happiness.  A mother is always a mother.  She can never go back because...    

A mother is a woman who has been transformed by her child.

When I became a mom 9 1/2 years ago, I had no idea what this experience would truly be like.  The ups and downs of parenting are something you cannot explain, yet something you cannot image living life without.  Some days are hard.  Really hard.  But those days are always overshadowed by how much I love my kids.  Their laugh, their hugs, their smiles.  Life doesn't get any better than this.

To all the moms out there, cheers to you.  Cheers to all the laughs, the cries, the struggles, the triumphs. Cheers to knowing that we are all going through this together.  Cheers to those who are new parents, those whose children have moved out of the home and to those in between. 

I wish all moms everywhere a very Happy Mother's Day.

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