Tirelessly. The New Inconceivable.

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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.

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16 thoughts on “Tirelessly. The New Inconceivable.

  1. Great posts, Lenore. Mothering is a full-time, exhausting job. But, it’s well worth the effort. Now that my boys are grown, I am catching up on my rest. You have that to look forward to one day. Happy Mother’s Day.

  2. Fabulous post, Lenore – both in content and the way you tied it all together.

    When my mom retired as a school teacher, she put an ad in the little neighborhood newspaper: “Mother…do you need a few hours to yourself?” Mom would go and stay with the kids – no charge. Some moms just slept, some wanted to have an hour long bath – it was interesting to hear the stories. Some moms cried through their thanks.

    • I can imagine some of the stories your Mom might share. What a wonderful act of kindness.
      Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

      ~ Lenore

  3. That was a wonderfully written and thoughful post.

    My experience is that the only night a kid gets the stomach flu is just after Mom’s recovered from it!!

    Cheers.. MJ

  4. I loved this post, Lenore!

    I used to get mad at people who would say, “I don’t know how you do it!” when I was a single mom of three kids. I did it because I HAD to! I’m still exhausted a lot of the time…”tireless”…my butt.

    Wendy

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