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.