Many things took place within the space of two weeks. I lost my mother, Mother’s day, and her birthday (Happy Birthday Today Mom). I don’t want to mope, so instead, I thought I would share some humorous thoughts that I learned about my mom after her passing, that I really wish I could call and laugh with her about. I think most mom’s will get this.
–Nap time is not for the child. It’s for the mother. No wonder she forced me to “take a rest” long after I ever slept. Much needed time for a stay at home mom. Recharge so I can return to the World’s Most Okay-est Mom Status.
–That candy did not get thrown out-You ate it. You Liar you. I laugh now, so I know it is not a long-term damaging lie, which means I can use it with my own children, and I will.
–Fixing a child’s hair is no easy task. I now feel for all the times you told me to hold still and focus. I understand the week you let me do my own hair as a child to see if it was worth it (backfired a little, I though my scraggly hair was great). I now wonder if the time you dripped wax from my eyebrow onto my eyelashes (leaving a huge space afterward) was actually a retaliation for my behavior. I am considering it myself even now and she is only four.
-It’s the littlest things that make a mom proud. Moments only a mom can love. The first violin recital, dance recital, or singing event. A poop in a potty or at least close. A hug and a kiss at an unexpected moment. Or the first page of a first book “Pie went up the hill and met a horse and a mermaid.” It’s amazing. We mom’s love some pretty silly things, but it makes our hearts full. You got it. I know you did.
–Asking a child to practice, almost makes lessons not worth it. She’s my past coming back to haunt me-I know it. Instead of playing the songs that are asked, she just wants to play her own. It’s like DeJa Vu. How did you do it?
–Having Multiple Personalities is hard work. The time you put in to being the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy amazes me. Sometimes I just want to tell them the truth, but no, you did it flawlessly. I just want to ask you, where you hid all the loot. I need ideas here.
–When stopping to pee on a long road trip-it isn’t really always for the child. This mom bladder really sucks some days. It’s just good I have tiny excuses, and I wonder how many times you used me. Does it get better?
–No no, it’s okay, I can run to the store. It’s a getaway. Like a mini vacation in a busy week. Even a busy store is slower than times at home. When the kids are with Dad, I will browse every aisle slowly as if there is something I must need. List Schmist. No wonder you liked trips to the store 45 minutes away. Add a drive and it’s almost a day at the spa.
–I’m a never-ending, cleaning, laundry, cooking, fixing, boo boo kissing and bandaging, horsey, ball throwing, diaper changing machine. Sometimes that’s it. But thrown in there, I’m also “Mama” the most loved lady in all the land.
–When I open my mouth-sometimes I find you coming out. Even the things I thought in my youth I would never do or say. I realize as an adult that those were often the times that probably changed my future. You were my mom first-always. Sometimes it would be easier to just be the friend, “Nope that kids not mine-crazy parents” but you didn’t, and I won’t either.
I’m so proud you are my mom. I wish we could laugh about this now. I know there will be many more things that will make me laugh about you especially as I realize all the trickery that goes into being a Mom. It’s hard word raising little people, but it’s a lot of fun too! Thank you! I am so glad you were born!