January 29, 2011

Soapbox Saturdays - Mothers

I know it's not Mother's day, but I really wanted to write about motherhood today.  I don't mean to exclude anyone here (those who aren't mothers), but I think many of you readers are mothers and I wanted to tell you how important you are today.  Why?  Because it is SO easy to forget.

You try to clean the house and you get this trailing behind you.  (Yes, he's licking the glass.  Everywhere.)

You try to look nice and they smear their peanut butter fingers all over you.

You try to take a cute picture and all you get is this.

You try to sit down at your computer and you can barely see the screen through all the fingerprints.

You try to make plans and they get sick and their noses suddenly become Niagra Falls.  (I didn't want to post a picture that was too nasty.  Here's a mini-runny nose :)

You try to tell them how much you love them and they say, "I have to go poop!" in return, sprinting to the bathroom.

You try to make a phone call and you can't even hear the person on the other line through the screaming that started exactly when the person you were calling picked up the phone.

You try to snuggle in close and they mention your breath smells.

You try to make a to do list and it becomes their coloring book.

You try to cook a great meal and they only want to play with it.

Well, it's all worth it....because you also get these sweet smiles and giggles and this intense feeling that you would give up anything for them.  It's this fierce, deep, unexplainable love that supersedes everything.

I wanted to share a few quotes that help me when I am focusing too much on the list above.

"Women rock a sobbing child without wondering if today's world is passing them by, because they know they hold tomorrow tightly in their arms.  When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire - or the shaping sounds of lullabies?  Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in Congresses?"  - Neal A. Maxwell

One of my kind readers shared this one with me the other day.  Thanks Jenny!

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautiful tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk's lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my nails from helping weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheek and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Lastly, here's a little quote from Lincoln.  I love it.

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. - Abraham Lincoln

So, if you're having a tough week and you want to scream and cry and give up, I hope this helps a little.  You are needed and no one can take your place.  You are doing something more important than anything else.  You are a mother.

Thanks for reading.  Have a wonderful weekend.


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