This is certainly the most pensive Mother's Day that I've ever had. This is actually Boohoo's second Mother's Day with us. Last year we came home on Friday and her birthday and Mother's Day fell on the same day. It was not quite what I thought it was going to be. I hardly think that I'm going to come up with the words that explain the
mystery, majesty, and misery that is motherhood and so I'm not going to try. The only thing that I feel like I need to say is something that I shared with a friend over coffee the other day:
I believe that motherhood is the least appreciated job in the world. We alternate between being too hard on ourselves and shortchanging our children, we blame our own mothers, we denigrate the way other people mother, we ignore the plight of mother's around the world. It's too much and not enough all at the same time. We all deserve better.
Mother's Day for me this year is a time to make some Mothering Resolutions.
1. I'm going to give myself more grace and less guilt in mothering when I'm trying and just trip myself up.
2. I'm going to keep my feet to the fire when I come to the place where I'm choosing what my response to my children is going to be.
3. I'm going to cut my mother a little slack (love ya, mom!) when it would be easier to point fingers than to take responsibility for myself
4. I'm not going to throw the first stone in response to someone else's mothering choice
5. I'm going to be more active in putting my money and efforts into supporting mothers around the world.
(Maybe I'll come back later today to post some gratuitous cute kid pictures, but my sister is in town for the weekend so don't hold your breath)