Keepin’ It Real on Mother’s Day

Our oldest had a three-day weekend for Mother’s Day, which meant we were able to have him home for a short, but sweet, visit.  It was the best Mother’s Day present I could have received:  having all my kids with me.

Mother’s Day itself was nice and simple.  After Mass and May Crowning, we headed out to brunch with Grandma and Grandpa at a botanical garden.  The setting was beautiful with its lush greenery, a koi pond, manicured gardens, and bright flower beds.

A stroll through the gardens after brunch seemed very apropos, so we obliged, but about 10 minutes into the walk, our youngest boy made it known that he had to go to the bathroom NOW!  As life goes, the nearest bathroom was in the section of the garden which they had closed off for maintenance, so he and I quickly jaunted all the way back to the main building where his relief awaited.  The rest of the family followed us back at a more leisurely pace.  So much for our idyllic walk.

These moments are inevitable when you say “Yes” to motherhood, so such an interruption was fitting for Mother’s Day.

While we can take breaks from our duties as moms, there’s no escaping being Mom.  And yet, despite all the hassles and inconveniences, I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  The needs of my children save me from an overbearing selfishness.  I’m not the best at remembering that in the midst of a trying situation, but when it’s all said and done, I cringe at the thought of who I would be without the blessing of my kids.

It was certainly nice to feel a little extra appreciation on Mother’s Day, but when kids are involved, it’s always a “work” day.  And I’m good with that.  Just as the Mother of Our Lord doesn’t sit back and rest on her laurels, so too must I follow.

Hope you all had a Happy & Blessed Mother’s Day!


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