Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I don't know if there is such a thing as a mothering gene. I know a couple that have no children nor do they ever want any, to the extent that they both had the medical procedures to ensure that they're not surprised. There are children brought into this world that are not wanted and suffer for that everyday. For some women, motherhood does not come naturally but they learn it. Some women become better people after they have children. Others do not. But today I'm not going to talk about those mothers.

I have a huge mothering gene. As a teenager I was a master babysitter and had lots of clients. I enjoy the innocence and wide eyed wonder of children. I love being a mother and I'd say that I'm a good at it. I've taught my boys right from wrong, to respect all people and their differences, how to treat a woman,l ook people in the eye when you speak to them, try to always do your best and be true to yourself.

Being a mother is the most important job you can have. Your children are the future. Now motherhood is not always a bowl of cherries. It can be frustrating, tiring, maddening etc. When my boys were little I would tiptoe into their bedrooms before I went to bed and some days it seemed like I hadn't said a soft word all day, just "stop that", No!", "Don't do that". They'd be on my last nerve but looking at the sleeping child, my heart wanted to burst with love.

Something I've learned over the years, you can't take things personally when you're a mother. Your child is going to say things that hurt you, sometimes on purpose, sometimes without realizing it. There is no such thing as a perfect child or a perfect mother but love goes a long way.

I want to wish my blogging friends a Happy Mother's Day!

I'll leave you with some quotes about mothers.

"Women's liberation is just a lot of foolishness.
It's the men who are discriminated against.
The can't bear children." Golda Meir

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that supposed to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing." Toni Morrison

"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much." Jackie Kennedy

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." Oprah Winfrey

"Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother." Moorish Proverb

"Women who miscalculate are mothers." Abbigail Van Buren

Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life. Maureen Hawkins

PS. My most favorite part on a baby are their tiny little feet and toes. The first thing I want to do when I see a baby is to take their shoes and socks off to touch them. I used to kiss my babies toes all the time.


Kitten Herder said...

Sleeping. Yes, they are MUCH easier to love when they are sleeping! :)

Happy Mothers Day.

Craze said...

Great post! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's day!