Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
Whew! What a day of pressure for some. Being the Mom, I'm off the hook for once! And it's no wonder there's pressure -- how can a person really thank their Mother? As soon you try, it's as if this giant awareness descends on you and you start to realize that thanking and honoring Mom "in the way she deserves" is too big a job for words alone. So, you venture out to get a card and "say it with Hallmark." But even that doesn't seem enough, so you buy Mom a gift or make her breakfast, and suddenly you're hit with this guilt that maybe you should have been doing this sort of thing all along!

It's not easy for us Mom's either! I had a great Instructor at Chemeketa Community College, Linda Craven, who explained to future teachers why they should have patience/compassion for parents: "As a parent you can expect to spend the first three years of your child's life 'in the fog' and then you spend the rest of your life fighting guilt -- you feel tried and convicted!"

So you see how it is, you feel a little guilt over one day. We feel guilt about everything -- clearly us Moms carry the greater burden! All is not lost though, because of the love. Sappy, I know, but love covers all! We can all just chill, and be grateful, and enjoy the day knowing that love is what it's really all about.

Happy Mother's Day