Mother's Day

Hey everyone.
I hope you had a good day. I had a good day.
I am not much for celebrating holidays.
Heck, one Year I forgot it was my birthday until my mom called to wish me "Happy Birthday".
Christmas snuck up on me last year.
I went Christmas shopping about four days out.
I try to live every day in an aware fashion.
So, to me.. every day is mother's day.
I may not always feel it right at the moment, but I am always aware of how lucky I am to have my two kids.
I know this is supposed to be a day where they thank me and what not.
It is very sweet to get cards and gifts.
In fact, for our last girl scout meeting I had the kids make Mother's day cards and necklaces.
So, When sophie gave me hers it was no great surprise.
What was fun to read was
"You are a great mom and very nice, Thank you for being my Girl scout troop leader....Your mom raised you right."
I said 'thank you, I will tell my mom"....lol.
In reality.
I cannot imagine life without my kids.
I had my oldest when I was 19.
I know many think that is too young to marry, let alone have children.
In my opinion...I think part of the problem in Today's society is perpetual childhood.
Where people never reach adulthood.
They think they are living the high life...free of responsibility.
But they are missing so much.
Not only are they free of responsibility, they are free from being connected to others....in a meaningful way.
It doesn't have to be marriage and children.
But unless you really go all in, you make a commitment to another person...I think you are always going to be missing the  biggest part of human experience.
Real love.
Not sex.
Not romance.
Nitty gritty booger wiping love.
I think mother's day really stands for a commitment to something or somebody.
Placing the needs and desires of somebody ahead of yourself.
In doing so, you grow as a person.
So on Mother's day, I want to Thank my children for making me a better, more compassionate human being.
For allowing me to see the world in a new way.
Making my life mean something bigger.
In an optimistic, idealistic way.
In a way, for letting me correct my childhood by giving them the one I didn't have.
Watching them become good people is the only gift I need.
It's a gift I receive daily.
So, Happy Mother's Day.


snoconegirl said...

happy mothers day chris..how sweet.. i love the post..it is something that the kids give the parents..i believe that...i hope i get to be a mother before iam too old..i really want kids..but for now iam a momma to my momma..lol have a great monday..loveyou kelli

Alexia said...

I love what you said about getting marrying and having children 'early,' Chris. I was reading the blog of a woman in her late 30s recently (she finished law school by 21 and other baffling accomplishments) and her biggest joy in life now is homeschooling her children and making them breakfast. I think that many people don't get that the most fruitful thing is life is taking care of the people you love.

Thank you for reminding me about that. And Happy Mother's Day!

Alexia said...

Good grief...I really need to proof read!

Kim said...

I'm with you...I told my daughter thank you for being my daughter and told my husband thank you for giving me my son. It would have been nice to get a card from my husband...I ain't gonna lie. lol

Anne said...

I totally agree...Great Post!!

Alix said...

Sweet mothers day post, Chris. Booger wiping love... yep! That about covers it.

Love you. Glad you had a happy one.

Lisa said...

beautiful post Chris.

Seth said...

nitty gritty booger wiping love ---

your husband's pretty sloppy huh?

just playing of course. Happy Mother's day to you.

Erin said...

That was beautiful! Happy mothers day!

deisegirl said...

We have a different mother's day to you, I think ours was in March (?). I hope you had a fab day, I bet you are such an inspiration to your children, especially over the last year.

The_Exquisite_Christine said...

I completely agree with you. Hope you had a good Mother's Day. ((hugs))

Robin said...

As always so much to think about. I appreciate how straight forward you are.

Tammy said...

Hey girl! I'm back from the beach and I posted some pics! Glad you had a happy mother's day. :)