Every day you learn something whether you like it or not. You learn that you actually are like your mother, after all. You learn just how much your own mother must have done for you. You learn about unconditional love. You discover how a kid can make you so mad but at the same time you love them so much that you would still throw yourself at a rabid dog to protect that very same child you are so mad at.
You never knew what ‘busy’ was until you were a mother. You never realised how self-centred you were until you had a little bundle that demanded 24-7 care, seven days a week, 365 days a year – no days off. You never understood that when you have a child, your heart begins to bleed for all the sad neglected little people in the world. You realise why your mum cried when she watched Home Alone.
When you are a mother the learning never stops. A wise person once said, “As parents we think we are there to help our kids grow up but actually they are there to help us grow up.”
I love that I get to be mother to three precious human beings. Who knows what they could be, who they could become? Who knows how many lives might be touched, helped, blessed through them.
Motherhood is intense. It’s tiring. It’s often thankless, sometimes sleepless, rarely glamorous. But it’s also the only job in the world that nobody else can do. Mum, you are irreplaceable. You are the only mother your children will ever have. How’s that for job security?