Saturday, May 12, 2012

Motherhood


I've been a lot of things in my life.

Daughter, wife, friend, companion, lover, business woman, traveler, among others.  The most precious of all though has been being a MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER.

Even though one goes through the throes of panic at the sight of a new baby.  In my case being only 20 at the time.  And one also goes through panic trying to do the right thing for all the years you are a parent.  Which I've now discovered is forever.

Even though there were times when I wanted to get in the car and leave but could only think to get as far as the nearest convenience store.  And even though I NEVER went to sleep until they got home at night as teenagers.

Even though I have smooth teeth from gritting them to keep my mouth shut more times then they could imagine.

Well, I could go on and on.

I wouldn't trade place, even for a nanosecond, with anyone who hasn't had children.  The gifts of insight, love, tenderness, tears, joy, awe, pride and that warm fuzzy feeling, only, in my humble opinion, come from being a mother.

I have had a blessed life.  Three people who came to life as a result of love between my husband and I.  Three people who grew to be kind, thoughtful, gentle, loving people who extend all those traits to their fellow man and woman. 

These three people have blessed me with seven grandchildren.  Don't even get me started on how joyful that experience has been!

To all the Moms out there tomorrow,  This one is for you.  Maybe you feel as I do that instead of thanking us for being their mothers, I want to thank them for being my kids and grandkids.

The photo at the top of the post is a Mayan woman in Merida who was breastfeeding her baby.  It so touched my heart.
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6 comments:

BELINDA KLEIN said...

Well said Babs and I agree with your sentiments every second day or so.
Only because I have a 16 year old daughter who at present is a walking hormone, but I wouldn't be without her.
I am also blessed to be nannying beautiful children who make me laugh every day and give me so much back.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY BABS
Belinda x

Babs said...

Well said Belinda. I had THREE teenagers as a single parent. I KNOW what you are talking about....but still I wouldn't trade that time in my life for any other. Just glad we all survived those days.

I'm the Mami said...

Happy Mothers Day Babs!

I love being a mama more than I ever thought I could love anything (or anyone). Its a feeling I would trade for anything in theworld.

I do so love the picture you chose. Like that woman, I am still nursing my one year old and carry her in a rebozo, just like that. I cherish the time they are young, for one day they will be teens and I will long for those snuggles. What a great picture to represent motherhood.

Kay Cox said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Babs said...

Same to you Kay! See you soon, hopefully........

Gin said...

This post brings tears to my eyes anyone who has been a Mom can identify with it. My kids are grown now and they are so precious to me. It was all worth while. Thanks Babs for a beautiful post and photo.