Column A Mom’s reflection

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After Mother’s Day, my wife and I were reflecting on the role of mom. My wife pinned these words. I thought I would share them with you.

Now that I’m a Mom… I understand how tiresome it is to feed everyone day after day, year after year.

Now that I’m a Mom… I know what it’s like to walk in the door and the first words I hear are, “I’m hungry!”

Now that I’m a Mom… I understand the aggravation of never getting a moment of privacy, even in the bathroom.

Now that I’m a Mom… I know what it’s like to have to put up with so much whining I feel like I’m going to explode … and sometimes I do.

Now that I’m a Mom… I know what it’s like to have a daughter who gets into my jewelry, shoes, make-up, scarves, and purses, and strews them all over the house.

Now that I’m a Mom… I understand the endless laundry, constant messes, and relentless dirty dishes.

Now that I’m a Mom… I know what it’s like to work hard over a meal, making sure I’ve covered all the essential food groups while maintaining a pleasing taste, only to sit down to eat and hear the words, “This is gross!”

Now that I’m a Mom… I know what it is to feel frazzled, overwhelmed, and unappreciated.

But…

Now that I’m a Mom… I understand the inner tug-of-war at forcing my children to do something they don’t want to do because it’s good for them, even though it causes me pain as well.

Now that I’m a Mom… I know what it’s like to swell with pride when they accomplish something that to others seems insignificant, but to me is amazing.

Now that I’m a Mom… I push my kids to reach their potential because I believe in them and want them to experience all that life has to offer, even when they fight me.

Now that I’m a Mom… I feel blessed and fortunate that I have a Mom who showed me how to be a good one, and that she had a Mom who did the same for her.

Now that I’m a Mom… I realize how smart my own Mom is, and when she used to say, “You’ll understand someday,” she was right.

Now that I’m a Mom… I know the work, aggravation, and sacrifice will all be worth it, because just as I have done with my mother, someday my children will grow up and appreciate it, will see me as a woman worthy of praise and honor … and then I get to be their friend.

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