Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mothers Are...

I realize Mother's Day is over, but being a mother never ends. As I've been dealing with sick children for the past three days, this has been on my heart and mind.

What are mothers? Mothers are...

- 2 a.m. feedings, walking the floor with crying babies, changing diapers - and clothes when diapers don't hold it all, potty-training;
- they are cool cloths on a fevered forehead, balancing medicine dosages just right, cuddling after being puked on knowing it's only a matter of time before it happens again;
- loads of laundry, 3-meals-a-day-plus-snacks, cleaning up toys and making beds, dishes, dishes, dishes;
- they are impromptu picnics on the family room floor, water fights and sprinklers, popsicles and hot chocolate, pictures colored and crafts made, homework done and lessons practiced;
- they kiss better owies, remove slivers, clean up cuts, rub away bruises and mend broken hearts;
- they have slime and snot on their shoulders, sticky hand prints on their backs, slobbery kisses on their cheeks;
- mothers are warm arms that hug, firm discipline when needed, shoulders to cry on, kisses that heal, hearts that love unconditionally.

That's a mother. It's not a glamorous job and it's often a thankless one, but it is a blessing unlike any other. There are days we want to escape and days we find ourselves rejoicing. It's highs and lows. It's giving and caring. It's sacrifice.

Anything you want to add?

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