'Mommy moments' and other stories—May 10, 2013
The month of May brings a fresh splash of color, lush lawns of green and a spacious blue umbrella above, the perfect setting for honoring the women who brought us into the world and shaped our lives.
An ad for the position of mother might read: “ Wanted: Strong woman for on-the-job training. Must be on call 24 hours a day and possess a sense of humor, be kind, wise and understanding. Eyes in the back of the head and a willingness to get hands dirty is required. Courage must be developed over time. Compensation will vary.” I accepted the job almost 39 years ago. When I think of all the laughable antics my children were involved in and all of the thoughtful things they have done, I’m grateful for the opportunities Motherhood provides.
Most Moms could write a book, such as “I Was A Better Mother Before I Had Kids” by Lori Borgman. Reading this very funny book serves as a reminder of numerous “mommy moments”, when maternal instincts nearly snapped. The time that little Joey gassed up the family car with the garden hose in preparation for a picnic might count as an eye bulging event. Or maybe the smoldering pile on the dining room carpet while Billy has a pow wow around it would definitely vaporize any hint of patience.
Moms really deserve to know how appreciated they are. “Mom, A Celebration Of Mothers” by Dave Isay includes the heartfelt thoughts expressed by now grown children. “If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything” by Ann Crittenden highlights the skills required to run a home and a family. Mom’s can’t punch a clock, walk out the door and gaily ask if anyone wants to try the new restaurant down the street. They’re at home or racing home to face arsenic hour with cranky toddlers, trying to soothe a ruffled teen and fix an evening meal all at the same time. Another Ann Crittenden book, “The Price of Motherhood, Why The Most Important Job In The World Is Still The Least Valued” makes the reader realize how demanding Mothers lives are. (Some Moms might be tempted to demand a six figure salary after reading this.)
Library storytime, this week, included Mother’s Day books. It was clear, by watching those glowing faces, that they knew how special their Mommies are. A book, “My Mother Is Mine” by Marion Dane Bauer, is illustrated with sleepy pastels and a story to match. “Happy Mother’s Day” by Steven Kroll tells how a large family treated their mother to a wonderful Mother’s Day. Doug Cushman’s “What Moms Can’t Do” is fun to read as dinosaur mom and child work together to get everything done. Children can make Mom something special with ideas from “Mother’s Day Crafts” by Jean Eick.
There comes a time, after all those years of tears, hugs and chaos that many moms, myself included, understand the priceless gift that my children are and always have been. So many memories give me endless laughter and I feel such pride in my now grown sons.