I wake up that day, determined to smile and enjoy it for what it is, and at some point I always end up crying.
FOR NO APPARENT REASON. Always.
This year I have a feeling the tide is about to change.
While I am proud of who I am, and all that I have accomplished so far – I am spending the day celebrating all that MY children have taught me. I am celebrating BEING a mother, instead of missing a mother.
These are the incredible lessons that I’ve learned thus far.
1. There is absolutely no talking in the car.
2. If you host a prom party, odds are great that some unsavory items might be found in your yard the morning after.
3. You have to be able to text quickly, and have your phone available 24/7.
4. You will learn the first name of every person that works at Verizon Wireless. (Bring donuts and coffee- it helps.)
5. Prom dresses must NOT be purchased in your hometown- and frankly the farther away you have to drive, the better.
6. Filling out college applications and FAFSA forms are hazardous to your health.
7. Your children will call you every single name in the book. And if you’re doubly lucky, it will happen on Christmas Day, Mother’s Day AND your birthday.
8. You will run out of gas the day after any of your children uses your car to run a “few” errands.
9. When your children start driving, you will learn the true meaning of fear. This particular fear will stay with you, but is eventually tucked away in a corner of your heart where it won’t get in the way. However, it will remain there for the rest of your days, I’m sure.
10. No matter how many times you stumble, fumble, fall and fail, your children will love you with every breath they take.
They remind me each and every day that love is the tie that binds. I know that they love me with the same unconditional and unwavering love that I feel for them.
And that’s a huge relief.
Happy Mother’s Day to each and every one of you mothers.