All my life I wanted to be a mom. When I was little I never played Barbie dolls, I played with baby dolls. I named them, bathed them, fed them and had whole family fantasies going on in my head. I wanted LOTS of kids...like 6 or 7. There were usually boys and one girl in my little scenarios. Funny, the husband figure didn't play too big a part...glad that part didn't pan out. Tom's usually a keeper.
So fast forward...I have 2 sons. I get to go to many sporting events, like I always wanted. And one of them can usually be bribed to shop with me at times...so I'm good. Everything people say is true...being a mom is all that hokey stuff: Having a piece of your heart outside your body; Feeling more love than you can imagine; Putting another first and foremost all the time...blah, blah, blah. It is true but when it is you and your kid, it doesn't usually seem hokey :-).
It took a lot for me to get pregnant the first time...and I'd do it all over again if I had to. It was worth it and I am thankful for the wonderful family I have. Of course, that doesn't mean that these two sniveling, little parasites don't deserve a good kick in the pants some days, because they do. But I will keep 'em. Being a mom puts things in perspective...like it makes you think just a little differently about your own parents. I mean, they HAD to feel the same way about you, right? Even if they don't show it, even if they seem disappointed in some of your life choices, even if they have trouble expressing emotion.
When parents at school gets nutso I always try to remember that they feel about their annoying kid the same way I feel about mine (Oh, but mine aren't annoying, they are perfect...but you knew that, right?) This is why everyday is "Kids Day"...because generally, kids are put first by their parents. But it is only one specific day a year that minors are forced to think of Mom first. ;-)
When they get older and have their own kids, they will see...and they will appreciate. Just like we do now. It's a circle...it's a nice thing.
Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers...;-)