At the risk of dating this post I wish Moms everywhere a Happy Mother’s Day. Having shared that sentiment, please know that I am a firm believer that mothers should be celebrated on a daily basis, not just once a year. My Mom shares my belief. She should know, because she raised six kids.
Today, as I read through various Mother’s Day cards, one thing struck me. Frequently, the word tirelessly was included in the loving sentiment to mothers.
I literally sat in bed, questioning myself. “Tirelessly?” I asked myself. “Do I know what tirelessly means? Doesn’t it mean one is not tired?”
I then visualized a scene from Princess Bride. If you have yet to see Princess Bride, you really need to see the movie. Alas, I don’t want to lose my train of thought, so just trust me – watch the movie.
The scene, actually the scenes, I visualized were the ones where one of the characters frequently uses the word inconceivable. Here, have a look:
Am I the only mother that does not do this mother thing tirelessly? Am I the only mother that begs for more hours of sleep? Am I the only mother that reaches for a third cup of coffee just to make it through getting the kids to school?
Tirelessly? I think not.
Dads. I love you. Truly. Your role in parenthood is valuable in and of itself. Please know, Dads, I share this with you out of love and appreciation. I mean no harm. Mothers are not giving tirelessly. We are tired. We are exhausted. But, we know what needs to be done; and we step up, and we do it.
One of my biggest hopes is that my boys grow up and look back at me – their Mom – and say the type of wonderful things I’ve read about other Moms throughout the social media, blogs, news programs, etc. But, for the boys to say I did all of it tirelessly? Inconceivable.