Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! This year, May 8th will be of particular significance since it’s the first I’ll officially celebrate as a mama. But it’s not the personal recognition or self-celebration I’m after – it’s the fact that now I understand what a true day of appreciation and love for moms around the world really looks like.
So here’s a shoutout to all the self-sacrificing, booty-wiping, midnight-snuggling, brave and sweet-souled mothers out there who have taken on the hardest and most lovely job of raising up little humans and cultivating their souls. What a task, to not only meet the endless physical demands of a helpless child but to be responsible for stewarding their spirit and nurturing their hearts. While pregnant, I pondered the former – can I really keep this boy alive and thriving? And now that he’s here, it’s the least of my worries and I’m slowly realizing the weight of the latter – my responsibility to help shape his worldview, to show him how life works, and to demonstrate in as pure a way as possible what love is. It’s the internal work now that I’m gearing up for, searching for wisdom from the women before me.
We’re hitting the physical milestones – Amos is healthy and chunky and developing well, crawling around and pulling up on things and babbling and it’s all so exciting. But I know our days of blissful innocence are coming to a close and that soon our focus will shift and we’ll be instilling right from wrong. Yes from no. Gentle from harsh. Love from hate. This next season of motherhood will be an opportunity to teach patience and peace. To demonstrate generosity and flexibility. To encourage creativity and curiosity. To model forgiveness and sincerity. And in all these things, I am looking to the mamas who have forged ahead of me – the ones who have blazed the paths of motherhood with their own unique examples, humbly lighting my way without knowing it. I’ve been watching and learning and tucking this wisdom away in my heart, and on Mother’s Day I want to reflect on the impact all the moms around me have made and thank them for a job well done.
Happy Mother’s Day – to my own wonderful mom, who has shown me what unconditional love is, in increasing measure, from day one. To my sisters – one who has made raising four boys look effortless, and the other who is walking this new path of parenting alongside me. To my best friend, who became a mama years prior and has let me in on every beautiful and gruesome detail of new motherhood. To my grandmothers, whose love traversed generations and spanned decades, and who mothered my parents with strength and resolve. To my mother-in-law, who raised the most wonderful man and continues to love him and his family so well. To my countless other mama friends – thanks for showing me what mothering looks like in different stages of life, and to multiple children, and what to expect down the road. I love how diverse all of our decisions are, and how we can still help each other out and be a strong support system to one another. We are in this together, and I look to you all far more than you know.
So on May 8, accept the praise and celebration from the ones who love you. Pucker up for sticky kisses from your babes and hugs tugging on your legs. Welcome the gifts and handmade cards and potentially inedible breakfast-in-bed. Let your little ones love on you, let your husband acknowledge you, and reach out with thanksgiving to the women you admire, who came before you and helped you on your own journey. And then boldly step into your place in this cycle of motherhood and light the path up for the mamas who will come after you – they are looking to you far more than you know.
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