Mother’s play a vital role in our world. And by “mother’s,” I of course mean those blessed with children, but also, those who take on the role of mother, even if they themselves do not have children of their own. Without the compassion of “mothers,” where would we be?
I recently read a wonderful piece that best captures some of the powerful experiences of motherhood.
Somebody said it takes about 6 weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby . . .that somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, “normal” is history.
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct . . .that somebody never took a 3-year-old shopping.
Somebody said being a mother is boring . . .that somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.
Somebody said good mothers never raise their voices . . .that somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother . . .that somebody never helped a 4th grader with his math.
Somebody said you can’t love the 5th child as much as you love the first . . .that somebody doesn’t have 5 children.
Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books . . .that somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery . . .that somebody never watched her “baby” get on the bus for the 1st day of kindergarten. Or on a plane headed for military boot camp.
Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back . . .that somebody never organized 7 giggling Brownies to sell cookies.
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married . . .that somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son- or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home . . .that somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her . . .that somebody isn’t a mother.
– Author unknown
Pass this along to all the “mothers” in your life.
Women are so often the primary caregivers in our world. Countless women offer a kind word or a tender smile when its most needed, proving that their compassion runs deep and is freely given to those who need it most. I want to praises all the women who embody love and compassion — whether they’re physically “mothers,” or symbolic ones, they help to heal the world each and every day.