for the moms

by humanmama on September 5, 2012

This one’s for the moms. That’s right. The moms who, especially at this time of year, just do not get enough thanks. Or praise. Or acknowledgement. This is for the moms who were up at 11pm last night doing dishes and up at 6am making breakfast. And lunches. This is for the moms who look at their healthy, active children and think “I need to join the gym” before staying up late to sew a Halloween costume, or make a science fair project, or drive to gymnastics just because this is an Olympic year and someone wants to be Gabby Douglas when she grows up.

This is for the moms who are tired, or sore, or prematurely gray just so their kids have a good life. The ones who hear their baby snort his little baby snort at night when their partner sleeps like the dead. This is for the breastfeeding, all the long, long hours of it, when it feels like it’s more than just milk being sucked away. This is for the moms who had a c-section, or pushed for hours, or who had a third- or fourth-degree tear when they pushed. This is for the moms who know what fourth degree tear means and just clenched their kegels a little tighter.

This is for the moms who work at home, and the moms who work away from home too, missing their kids but knowing what needs to be done. This is for both the sacrifice of a career and time away, hoping the kids are okay, wanting the best for them, and also for the sacrifice of being at home each and every moment of the day. Definitely, both true sacrifices.

For the laundry. And the dishes. And the laundry. And the dishes. For putting those little Lego pieces away before little feet step on them. But after your feet step on them.

This is for the moms whose haircut, manicure, facial, pedicure, massage, and clothing allowance is going into the kids’ food. Or shoes. Or clothes they grow out of in two months. For the moms who, tonight, will look into the mirror and think “really?” but still go on living. For the moms who would have been mortified at seeing an OB/GYN at age 15 but tell her absolutely everything now.

This is for the dignity lost. But the world gained. This is for selling your soul to raise a couple of others’. This is for you. It’s a gift from me. And it says:

Thank You.


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Emily September 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Loving this post right now! Thank you!


Chris September 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks to all you Moms :)


Hilary Levey Friedman September 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Aww, this little guy is already so big! And lucky to have you as a mama. :)


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