Mom, always be who you are

Mom and childYou are unique, one-of-a kind. You were hand-selected to love and care for your children.

Mom, always be who you are.

Even on your difficult days, you are more than enough. Allowing your children to watch 20 more minutes of TV, having to say you are sorry because you were short, and serving cereal for dinner, doesn’t make you a failure.

The fact that you are there, that you are trying. The fact that you care enough to worry, says that you are a great mom. The fact that you are able to say that you are sorry when you are wrong is better than never being wrong.

Your love and support and care is the water that is nourishing your children and helping them grow – helping them flourish. You are more important to them than you or they will ever know.

Mom, always be who you are.

There are days when you wonder how you will put one foot in front of the other. You wonder if your struggle at life will somehow mess your kids up. You wonder if perhaps they will grow up and not like you.

Instead, wonder at how many beautiful experiences you have shared. Wonder at all the laughs and giggles, all the cuddles and kisses. Wonder at all that you have been able to do right.

The person you are – your love and compassion, your strength and fortitude, your gifts and talents – is shaping your children’s lives. Never forget that.

Mom, always be who you are.

When the days are long and memories are short and you ponder why you do what you do, know that the lives of your children and everyone they come in contact with will be touched by you. In ripples that reach to eternity, long after you are gone, you have influence. What you do, the way you do it matters. Truly.

Mom, always be who you are.

Your words like a fountain mixed – mostly loving, sometimes harsh, often tired – always mean something. They mean everything to the children placed in your care. Even if the world around you has stopped its ears, even if the one who pledged to love you until the very end has disappeared, even if your children say otherwise – your turn of phrase, your cadence and smile, your encouragement, your guidance has weight. You and it are gold.

Mom, always be who you are.

There are mothers who will be dancing a different dance, moving to a different tune. Great. Carry on. Your gifts are uniquely yours and theirs, theirs. Be willing to learn, always remembering that comparison is joy’s greatest thief.

Mom, always be who you are.

You are celebrated one day each year on the calendar, but forever in the hearts of your children. You, as is – nothing more.

Mom, always be who you are.