For the Moms out there

I am posting this a couple days early as I will be away from the puter on Sunday. The following was sent in an email:


This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their  arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,  ‘It’s okay honey, Mommy’s here.’ 

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can’t be comforted. 
This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and  milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse. 
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.  And all the mothers who DON’T. 
This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes. 

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors. 
And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football, soccer, or baseball games, instead of watching from the warmth of their cars.  And that when their kids asked, ‘Did you see me, Mom?’ they could say, ‘Of  course, I  wouldn’t have missed it for the world,’ and mean it.  Who made sure their uniforms were clean, that they never missed a game or practice and that they were always on time.
This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat  them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child
abuse  happens. 
This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn’t find the words. 
This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat. 

This is for all the Mother’s who tell their children they love them when they kiss them goodnight.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to  sink a jump shot. 

This is for every mother whose head turn automatically when a little voice calls  ‘Mom?’  in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home – or even away at college – or have their own families. 

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they’d be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from  the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.  
This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can’t find the words to  reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green. 
For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their  TVs  in horror, hugging their child who just came
home from school, safely. 
This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.  This is for all the Mother’s who have lost a son or daughter, having sacrificed their lives for their country and freedom.
 What makes a good mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? 
Is it the ability to love others unconditionally, although they step on her heart or judge her as a Mother? The ability to find the good in everyone? To smile, although her heart is breaking?  The loving heart to not to judge others,therefore to not be judged?

This is for all the Mother’s with aching hearts, who are not accepted by those she loves.
Is it the ache she feels when she watches her son or daughter disappear down the  street, walking to school alone for the very first time? 

The jolt that takes her from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put  her hand on the back of a sleeping baby? 
The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear  their key in the door and know they are safe again in her home? 
Or the need to flee from wherever she is and hug her child when she hears news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying? 
The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation… And for mature mothers learning to let go. 
For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without. 

This is for you all. For all of us… 
In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day  that we love them. And pray. And never stop being a mother… 

‘Home is what catches you when  you fall – and we all fall.’ 


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11 Responses to “For the Moms out there”

  1. Dusty Says:


  2. Don Smith Says:

    You are like a big breath of fresh air.

    Thanks, I now KNOW I have someone to share my first cup of the day with each and everyday.

    As the Governator sez ….. I will be back.

  3. betme Says:

    Dusty ~ Thanks for stopping in. You blog kept me entertained all morning.

    Aw shucks Don ~ I appreciate the kind words. I too will be spending a great deal more time reading your blog. 🙂

  4. Dusty Says:

    Lol! I was at your Blog all morning too!

  5. joanharvest Says:

    I think I’ve done or been through most of those things with my kids. But I love them anyway. And the good thing is they love me too. I hope everyone Has a great Mother’s day whether they are a mother or not. They probably have nieces and nephews they’ve taken care of.

  6. kaylee Says:

    love it 🙂

  7. Red Says:

    Lovely list.
    I look around when I hear “Mom” in public.
    I often give out ice cream before dinner.
    I’ve kept all things handmade by the child.
    I’ve done many things in this list .. I absolutely love being a mom. That’s the greatest thing in the world to me.
    I’m gonna send this to my mom, cuz she’s done her share too 🙂
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  8. Peter Parkour Says:

    Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂

  9. SK Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, to one of the good ones.

  10. romi41 Says:

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you! Hope your cute son got you somethin’ nice…heehee 😉

  11. Allison Says:

    I’m glad you posted that. I have seen that before…I think I saw it before I was a mother and dismissed it completely as just another forwarded email. The I read it after my daughter was born (probably operating on very little sleep) that I read it and bawled like a baby.

    So many of those things are deeply personal to me, and I know they are to others too. These universal mother concerns are pretty cool.

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