I'm at that age where my friends and peers are starting to settle down, buy houses, get married, and have babies. Everywhere I look lately it seems that all my friends or acquaintances I went to school with are announcing pregnancies in one cute and witty way or another and frankly, it freaks me out and settles a wee little seed of panic right inside my chest that I can almost physically feel!
While it really shouldn't scare me that bad, it does-it means we're all growing up and becoming adults with adult decisions, adult lives, and adult problems.
I'm still not sure how I would have fared with motherhood if things had turned out differently back nearly three years ago, but there's nothing I can do now but drop those feelings and thoughts of 'what if' and just love my little angel as a mother would, just from far away.
Since we're taking time to honor mothers today, I would like to take a moment to honor MY mother for all that she is and all that she does for both my sister and I and the whole family. Her job as a mother, chef, chauffeur, therapist, cleaner, accountant and so many other things never stops and she handles every day like the superwoman I know her to be!
Not only that, she's been my rock since I got sick back in 2004 and has never stopped being my personal advocate and cheer leader. Her philosophy: "We will leave no stone unturned until you're living a full and happy life." I can say this with 110% certainty, without her support over the last 10+ years I would have been gone a long time ago.
Motherhood is definitely one of the most blessed things that a woman can experience in her lifetime and it's what us woman are biologically designed and driven to do; bring babies into this world to carry on the human species as a whole. While it can be one of the most thankless jobs at times, it's also one that is well worth it in the end.
To all the mother's out there, traditional and non-traditional alike, I want to extend my gratitude for all that you day day in and day out, not just on this one day of the year dedicated to mother's, but for every single minute of every single day of every single month of every single year. You ladies are what keep a house a home, a group of individuals a family, and your children a success just by your kindness, compassion, and strength.
You are the glue that keeps everything together and running smoothly regardless of how messy your house is, how many dishes are in the sink, who's nose is running, that sticky stuff on the walls, or what's for dinner.
Never ever forget that!