Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

The older I get (and the older my kids get...) the more I realize the significance of Mothers' Day. I lost my Mom when I was 12, so this is a holiday that always felt a little wierd to me. I would send cards to my Aunt, sister and a few dear friends and that was about it.
I appreciated it, but never really got it.
When I became a mom, it became the day to do what I wanted (which was usually sleeping and not doing dishes!). A nice little break from my normal routine.
Nowadays, it is so much more special to me. My kids are entering their adult lives. I am so proud of both of them. I look at the work and energy it took for my husband and I to mold and shape these two amazing human beings.
Wow. How did we do it? When did we do it?

Being a mother is such a tough gig.

It deserves a special day.

A picture perfect day, in May, when the flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining brightly with an oh so lovely springtime breeze.

Every mom I know is different. Each has her own ups and downs to cope with. For some, I am amazed at what they have withstood, it is more than I can imagine. But that is just it-

They cope. Maybe they don't want to, maybe they don't choose to. But we moms are built to survive. Born to pick up those pieces, and carry on with life - smiling, hugging, helping and loving along the way.

Mothers deserve a special day.

I get it now.

To all the wonderful, strong, creative, happy, loving mothers that I know. This is your day. Enjoy!


Kristin said...

Being a Mom is not a job for wimps

Loida Alegre Catering said...

you, my friend, are a very special person.......thanks for sharing your thoughts and part of your life...i am a secret admirer who goes to see all your beautiful quilts and stories...keep on keeping on........i love them all!!!

I am 48 years old and have recently lost my mother and I just now got it!!!

Love ya!!!

susan said...

As usual Patty, you know just what to say. Thanks for sending these beautiful thoughts. This day will never be the same for me, but as you can only do you have made it more special. You and your family mean so much to us. We may not be the best at showing it, but we will always be so greatful for having you and your family in our lives.
The Sieben/Haas Family

Robin said...

You are very gifted with words and I nodded along as I read those words. What an amazing job and my girls are much better at appreciating me now that they are a bit older.
Thanks for your insights.