Today is Mother's Day, and I am proud to say that I qualify.
Before I was a mom, I celebrated Mother's Day as most kids do. They call their mom, send cards and flowers, and tell them they love her, and thank her for all she has done. If you live close to your mom, you may take her out to dinner, or make her dinner, or do something nice for her that day.
Now that I am a mom, I realize that there should be more that one day a year to celebrate moms.
Seriously, every freaking day we are called upon to put aside our wants and needs, and take care of the little monsters, oops, I mean children.
Just kidding...about the monsters part.
Everyday, we go out of our way to ensure that every part of the household runs smoothly. The kids are clean and clothed as they head of to school. Lunches made, backpacks full of their schoolbooks.
Food in the house for lunches for the hubby, since he's been working from home for the past year +, as well as snacks for after school, and dinners for the week.
Speaking of clean clothes...seventeen loads of laundry need to be done. Don't forget to fold them.
Clean the house is probably a good thing too.
And there is also my own work.
STOP. I am not saying that my husband and children do nothing in the house. They help out quite a bit. But let's face it ladies...there would be smelling of clothes pulled out of the laundry bin, and a lot of peanut butter sandwiches for dinner, if I didn't plan things out.
Some of the really crazy moms out there (like me), go and pursue their dreams anyway, and do something crazy like sign up for an Ironman. So now I add training to the mix.
But without the IM, moms should be appreciated everyday, not just once a year. It may have taken me becoming a mom to get to that point, but it is 100% the truth.
So show all the moms some love today. If you are fortunate enough to have your mom close by, hug her dammit! If not, video calls are something that we look forward to in our house.
And if your mom (or grandma, or what ever women you looked up to) is no longer with us, raise a glass and salute that remarkable woman. She gave everything for you!
I'm a little biased, but I do have the best mom in the world. And I can also say, that she comes from a lineage of pretty awesome women. They aren't famous, but they are strong, fierce, beautiful survivors.
I am proud to be part of that heritage, and even though I have 2 boys, they know to treat their mom (and grandma and all women) with respect.
Because let's face it...if it wasn't for our moms, we wouldn't be here.
Happy Mother's Day!