We all have a mother to thank. She may or may not be the woman who gave birth to you. If you give it even a little thought, one or probably a few women come to mind. Those who have mothered you in one way or another throughout your life.
Wrapped up in the word mother is an involuntary tendency to sacrifice her needs for those of others. It really isn’t purely sacrifice, though, as it brings crazy rewards. Many more than were given up.
Mothers will do anything for their children and for those around them. The sacrifice is sometimes overwhelming – but at the same time it’s simply innate. Sleep. Time. Privacy. Expectations. Dreams. Pride. Standards. Friendships. Romance. Sanity. All are things you may have taken for granted. Now they are a distant memory. At least for a while.
Women are natural caretakers. Most often, that means putting others before yourself. As mothers, women come to know a worry that isn’t always sad. It’s just a new part of you. Sometimes it is paralyzing. Sometimes it’s empowering. It’s surprising in good and occasionally in bad ways. Once in a while, it feels like it will never end.
As the saying goes: The days are long but the years are short.
And all of a sudden your littles are grown. One day they will surprise you as they’re driving you home and launch into a political discussion about the Middle East or some other lofty topic. Wow. But they still need you there – even at 50-something it is inexplicably grounding to touch base with Mom.
The month of May gives us an official reminder to say thank you to those mothers everywhere. The mother you started with, those you found and the one you may have become. Show appreciation for Mothers and their selfless example. We should show our gratitude every day, not just on Mother’s Day. Even in the smallest ways. Because, you know, that’s what she would do.
Thank yourself. Be kind to your body and soul and book some me time. Bliss on Broadway offers full service treatments for your skin, body and mind. Call us at 562-439-4333. http://www.blissonbroadway.com/
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Mothers will, for the rest of our lives, wear our heart on our sleeves.
We will bend without breaking.
We will scream and cry because we need a break from our babies
and then miss them as soon as we are gone.
We will realize that all of the worry and sacrifice and time was worth it.
We will come to understand that all of the things we’ve done for them
doesn’t compare to what they have done for us.