Happy Mother's Day! I hope that today you are treated with love and respect, that you are cherished for the wonderful mom you are, for all the work that you do, for the way that you love your children. I hope you get to spend the day doing whatever it is you want to do, whether that's to rest in quiet or to be surrounded by the noise and chaos of mothering. Today, as we finish up our More than Mother's Day celebration, I thought I'd bring you six quick links to six beautiful posts so maybe you can get a little blog reading in on your special day as well.
For these posts, I just chose a sentence or, sometimes, just a little bit more. Unlike our previous posts, I didn't offer up any personal thoughts or even any background information. Just link, by author, quoted sentence, done. These posts speak for themselves and I think you'll have an enlightened Mother's Day by reading them without my personal opinion.
In the continual struggle just to get through my days, I let go things that had been of extreme importance to me (like my hair), and I didn’t mind. Angry, sidelong glares that I’d use to offend my reflection softened to quick, approving glances.
I was okay.
In May, I think about you, constantly. Seconds. Minutes. Hours. My heart, at the end of each day, weighs a little more, aching with the loss only a mother knows.
Motherhood is very simple to me. It’s a gift to me, but it’s not about me. Period.
The thing is, becoming a parent sort of forces you to confront the unplayed mix-tapes you've put away in the leftover shoebox.
The other day I had a rather interesting conversation with my mom. She asked me why my generation of moms seem to have such a hard time, have so many complaints.
When my mom was alive, I dreaded the obligation of calling or going to see her.
Again, Happy Mother's Day. It has been a joy to have celebrated with you over the past month. Thank you for all that you do.
Family Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is an editor, writer and photographer. Today she is spending the day amidst the noise of her boys, missing her daughter and feeling grateful for the title of Mother.
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