To Moms Everywhere: Thank You!

Dear Moms Everywhere,

I wanted to take a minute out of your busy, crazy, hectic day to say thanks.  Thanks for being an awesome mom.

The problem is, you don’t hear that enough.  As a mom, you easily have the hardest job in the world.  You spend all day, every day focused on someone else.  Even though you are constantly doing things for other people, you hardly ever get even a simple thank you.  Unfortunately, your effort as a mom is often overlooked and undervalued.

In an effort to right that wrong in some small way, I’m writing this letter to let you know a few things about your motherhood that I’m grateful for.

Thanks for Going Through The Daily Grind

Motherhood isn’t glamorous.  A lot of it involves cleaning up someone else’s mess.  As you trudge through the daily rigors of being a mom, it can be tough to see the beauty of what you’re accomplishing.

In a lot of ways, motherhood is like a Monet.  The majesty of Monet’s work is lost if all you do is look up close at individual brushstrokes.  Similarly, the beauty of shaping and modeling a human life can be lost as you slog through the heaps of laundry, piles of dirty dishes, and endless hours driving kids to soccer practice and dance class.

But when you stop, take a step back, and look at motherhood from a distance, it’s easy to see that you are engaged in the greatest, most significant work ever.  Your work as a mom impacts the world more profoundly than anything else you could possibly do.  Sure, the brushstrokes of motherhood are often messy, but the final product is well worth it.

Thanks for Always Being There

Too often there’s a crazy, unrealistic expectation thrust upon mothers.  It’s easy to feel that you should be spending more time doing something that the perfect mom on the internet does.

Don’t let all the voices out there get to you.  You don’t need to be perfect to be a great mom.  So, don’t worry about perfection.  Instead, keep doing what you already do best: showing your kids unique and individual love, all day every day.  Some of the ways you express your love can feel pretty mundane, like making meals your kids probably won’t eat or washing clothes that will be dirty again in two seconds.  But those things really matter. The fact that you keep doing them despite the drudgery shows what a good mom you are.

Unfortunately, though, your kids probably won’t remember a lot of the day-to-day things you do.  They might not even realize you do them.  And you know that, so you take the time to show your love in other ways too.  You do things like painting fingernails, snuggling on the couch, and reading books about outer space.  You teach your kids how to bake and cook, do long division, and write term papers.  You drive to soccer, basketball, and baseball games and cheer so loudly your voice goes hoarse.  In all of life’s venues, you are your kids’ biggest cheerleader.  You beam with pride when they succeed and console them when they fall short.

And that’s what they’ll remember.  For the rest of their lives, they’ll remember those moments when you spent time with them.  And you will too.  Because it’s in those moments, those golden moments when you and your kids connect, that you get a small glimpse of what heaven must be like.

Thanks for Trying So Hard

As a mom, you know that you imprint your kids’ lives deeper and more profoundly than anyone else ever will.  Everything they experience in life will be viewed through the lens of your motherhood.  You know that, so you try so hard to be a good mom.

And your effort is paying off.  You’re shaping your kids into the incredible people they already are and will continue to be.  One day, they’ll become doctors, scientists, teachers, or astronauts because of the efforts you made as a mother.  When that day comes (or maybe it already has), you may never get a proper thank you for everything you did to make that happen.  But you deserve it.  So thanks.

Thanks for Loving Your Kids

Love defines you as a mom. It is who are and what you do.  Nothing will ever change that.  Even when your kids drive you bonkers and push you to the edge of your sanity, you still love them.  You love them with a capacity you didn’t even know was possible before you became a mother.  You love them completely, wholly, and unconditionally.  You’d give your life for them without the slightest hesitation.

And you do, every day.  As a mom, you are constantly sacrificing for your children.  You give up so many things that matter to you so your kids can be happy.  Whenever your kids need you, you are there for them.  You know it and your kids know it.  That’s why they coming running to you with their scraped knees and broken hearts.  When they’re in need, they instinctively know that they need their mother’s love.

As a son, husband, and father, I am so grateful for the love of a mother.  It’s the most powerful force in the universe and it’s awesome to behold.

So, thank you.  Thank you for being a great mom.  Like I said at the beginning, being a mom is the hardest job in the world.  And you know what, you’re nailing it.  So, give yourself a pat on the back.  You are an awesome mom.

Keep up the good work,

A Thankful Dad

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