The other day I was chatting with a few friends at our son’s cotillion class. One of my friends asked the name of another mom in the room, and my immediate answer was, ” Oh- that’s Jon’s mom. I forget her first name.”
That’s when we started laughing about how we are no longer “Becky” or “Angie” or “Melissa.”
We are now “Jack’s Mom” or “Alana’s Mom” or “Wes’s Mom.”
As we go through life, we get all sorts of names: Our maiden names, our nicknames, our professional names, our married names, and our ‘mom’ names. I went from “Becky” to “Jack’s mom,” “Beau’s mom,” “Ethan’s mom,” or “Allie’s mom.”
Of all of my names, “mom” is my favorite. ♥
There is something special that comes with motherhood…
- When you go from being responsible for yourself to being responsible for other lives.
- When you learn that as much as your children need you, you need them right back.
- When you feel sad when they are sad and happy when they are happy.
It’s endearing to hear, “Mom? Mom?” from the other room, when you know that they want to show you something they’ve built. They want you to be as proud of them as they are of you.
It’s nice to know that when they call you in the middle of the night, whispering “Mom? Can I sleep in here? I was scared.” that they came to you because you are their safe place. You are their protector. You are their reassurance. You are their mom.
It sparks pride when you hear, “Oh, you’re ____’s mom? What a sweet kid” because you know that what you are doing is working.
Motherhood isn’t easy. Of all of my titles, this one has been the hardest yet. It comes with the most responsibility and the most work. It’s also the most rewarding, the most cherished, and the most important.
That’s also the reason that it is so important to enjoy the journey. While it can be stressful or even frustrating at times, if you have enjoyed the journey along the way, you’ll have made some amazing memories.
Better yet, you’ll have raised a family who loves to come home.
Not only are you taking care of your children, but you are teaching them, guiding them, showing them how to be the kind of person that you know they can be.
Remember that when you are spending an hour watching them clean their bedroom that would have only taken you ten minutes, you are wearing your name proudly. You, their mom, are hard at work: teaching them about character, hard work, and pride.
Remember that when you are spending an hour making dinner that someone will probably complain about, you are wearing your name proudly. You are caring about their wellbeing and showing them the importance of taking care of themselves.
Remember that when you snuggle in their beds while you are tucking them in, and you fall asleep out of sheer exhaustion, you are wearing your name proudly. Everyone needs their mom to be so relaxed & content when they are with them… that sometimes they even fall asleep.
All of these things come with the title, “Mom,” and it’s music to my ears.
I love being their mom, and while they are young and still need me, I hope to go to them when they call out my name.
I hope to answer when I hear “mom.”
I hope always to smile when I see my ‘contact’ name listed in someone’s phone as Jack’s mom, Beau’s mom, Ethan’s mom, or Allie’s mom.
I want to leave you with two quotes about being a mom that seemed fitting for today:
1- A mother’s job is to teach her children not to need her anymore. The hardest part of that job is accepting success.
2- No one tells you that the hardest part of motherhood is when your kids grow up.
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