Many of you may have seen this before but in honor of Mother’s Day I thought I would post this here. As a mother of soon to be 9, I can’t begin to tell you how much joy my children have brought me. I feel honored and blessed to not only mother all my children but to be able to teach them in all aspects of their lives as well. So to my children Kaylie, Garrett, Savannah, Emma, Isabella, Anna, Benjamin, Caroline and “New Baby” I say thank you for giving me the greatest gift I could ever have… time with you each and every day to experience the joys that life has to offer as seen through your eyes.
Before I was a Mom
Before I was a Mom -I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
Before I was a Mom -I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom -I had never been puked on – Pooped on – Spit on – Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom -I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests…or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom -I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom -I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Mom -I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.
On this day I want to wish each and everyone one of you a Happy Mother’s Day. We have the best job in the world!
The above picture is titled, “Emmie and her child” by Mary Cassatt. Painted in 1889.
To hear more stories of Michelle and her children you can find her writing at her blog, Pass The Flu Bug Please.