There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~Chinese Proverb
Today is Mother's Day, a day to celebrate our moms, without who of course, we would not be here right now (yes, yes, of course Dad deserves some of the credit; we'll dole that out in June). I'm not a mother myself--and at 44 I sincerely doubt I am going to become one any time soon--so I can't speak from actual on the job experience, but I have observed enough moms in action (including my very own) to know that despite what they say about how hard it is to net King Crabs from the basement of the Bering Sea, no job is as challenging as motherhood.
Mothers don't get vacations, or overtime, they don't get sick leave, or a retirement plan after devoting 20 years to their job; instead a mom is always there, no matter how old you are, worrying over you, caring for you, and willing to drop anything and everything to help you if and when you need it. It's easy sometimes, as we get wrapped up in our own lives and busyness and day to day nonsense, to forget the sacrifices our mothers made and continue to make for us, to forget that there is unconditional love on the other side of that telephone line, to forget that that person who wants you to gain weight, lose weight, meet a nice boy, get rid of the loser your currently dating, stop working so hard, start looking for a better job (one where they appreciate you), stop wasting money on those fancy brands, stop eating junk food, wear more bright colors because black makes you look like your going to a funeral all the time...gave you life.
So today, hugs are in order. Hug not just your mom, but every mom you come across. For without the moms of this world you would not have your best friend, your significant other, the incredibly patient clerk in the check out line who forgives you for not having enough money in your wallet, or the sweet person who just happens to smile at you on the street for no particular reason, other than they were raised by a good woman, who taught them to be nice to strangers.
Happy Mother's Day!
Suzanne Brown 5.11.08
PS. Show your mom how much you love her with the printable Mom Coupons I designed for my Crafty Suzanne weblog.